April, 2014

South Essex

South Essex
A landscape of wetlands and marshes nestled along the Thames Estuary.

South Essex

  • Essex Wildlife Photography Competition

    Essex Wildlife Photography Competition being hosted by the RSPB and Canvey Town Council in now open

    There are three age categories: 

    under 12 years old
    12 – 18 years old
    over 18 years old

    and there are some great prizes to be won!

    Entry is free and the deadline for entries is 18 May 2014. The competition will be judged at Canvey Wildlife Day by Mike Dilger on Saturday 31 May 2014

    You can download the entry form and terms and conditions here or to find out more please contact:

    RSPB South Essex - 01268 498620

    Good Luck!

  • Spring has sprung in South Essex

    Spring has arrived and its now a great time to get out and look for migrant birds. Early migrants are already starting to arrive with sand martin and wheatear being seen on the reserves.

    small tortoiseshell by David Lee

    Spring is when our reserves really come alive with wildlife, look out for early butterflies such as small tortoiseshell and peacock, and keep an eye out for queen bees looking for somewhere to start a nest. Reptiles are also starting to emerge, look for slow worms, common lizards and adders basking and soaking up the sunshine; West Canvey Marsh is especially good for spotting them.

    Some of our birdlife is now getting busy preparing for the breeding season; bearded tits are showing really well at the moment on Vange Marsh, with up to six birds seen. Why not come along to the Visitor Centre in Wat Tyler Country Park too, and see how our blue tits are getting on; we have a live video feed to a nest box where a pair is currently building a nest. Also in our Visitor Centre the frogspawn in the aquarium has now mostly hatched and we have lots of tadpoles ready to start the journey to becoming frogs!

    Tadpoles by David Lee

    Recent sighting highlights include a jack snipe seen in the cut reed in front of the hide overlooking Pitsea Scrape, a first winter Iceland gull amongst the gull flocks on Bowers Marsh, and a juvenile spoonbill, which has been seen on Vange Marsh, Bowers Marsh, and at the marina in Wat Tyler Country Park.

    Michael Poole - RSPB South Essex Assistant Warden

    What have you seen out and about on our reserves? Share your sightings with us at RSPB Essex on facebook and twitter