Spring sort of passed us by at South Essex, one minute it was chilly the next we were in a heat wave! Thus, water levels on site have been dropping dramatically across the South Essex reserves. This is partly deliberate as we aim to dry out certain sites such as Vange Marsh by the autumn. This will allow us to get some machinery on to the lagoon area and cut as much of the Club rush as possible. This will produce the best views across the lagoon throughout winter and into next year. However, currently the water levels at Vange Marsh are low enough to expose some mud and small island areas which has attracted exciting birds such as a Pectoral sandpiper recently.
Pectoral Sandpiper by Mike Langman (rspb-images.com)
We have also been aided by having all our wind pumps fully functional, drawing water out of the reservoir and feeding the ditches and lagoons on West Canvey Marsh and Bowers Marsh. On the flip side, due to maximizing our water levels over the winter; this has created some lovely areas on Bowers Marsh that has attracted quite a few waders including Ruff. Keep en eye out on our website for when this amazing reserve will be open, it's coming very soon!
Steven Roach – Warden, South Essex
Woohoo! The Big Wild Sleepout is nearly here and we are mega excited about being able to sleepout on one of our nature reserves. It's a rare opportunity for the staff and volunteers of RSPB South Essex to see West Canvey Marsh at night time and even better that we get the chance to share the experience with the public.
Anywhere you are, the darkness of night always casts a different light on things making the familiar feel other worldly and almost magical. West Canvey Marsh will be no different with the added bonus of feeling secluded and secret even though it is in the middle of a very urban landscape. One of the special things about many of the South Essex Marshes is that they are so urban yet feel so far away from the real world meaning you get a real opportunity to relax and get away from it all without having to travel too far.
With the chance to do some moth trapping, hunt for bats and spot some stars sleeping out on West Canvey Marsh is going to be an adventure none of us are going to forget in a hurry so will you be joining us on West Canvey Marsh this weekend?
If not then it's not too late to book your place by calling 01268 498620. To find out more visit our Events page
Or will you be sleeping out under the stars at home? Either way we'd love to hear from you. You can contact us on facebook or twitter or leave a comment here. We're looking forward to hearing all about it