South Essex

South Essex

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

South Essex

  • Beautiful Bee!

    A couple of these stunning black & white bees were spotted in our wildlife garden this week. Any help identifying them would be appreciated.

    Cuckoo bee by David Lee

  • 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!

  • An Islandic black-tailed godwit tracked!

    The importance of bird-ringing, we have known for a long time that many of our black-tailed godwits in the Greater Thames Estuary originate from Iceland. One such bird was seen in the creek, here at Wat Tyler on March 1st this year. The bird was rung 'RW-GO' and from that ring the following information was found:

    RW-GO was ringed as a breeding female in N Iceland.

    RW-GO 20.06.11 Langhús, Fljót, Skagafirði, N Iceland

    RW-GO 03.08.11 Thames Estuary, Kent, SE England

    RW-GO 07.12.11 Vange Marsh, Essex, E England

    RW-GO 26.12.11 Pitsea, Vange Creek , Essex, E England

    RW-GO 15.01.12 Marshside RSPB Reserve, Southport, Merseyside, Lancashire, NW England

    RW-GO 12.02.12 Pitsea, Vange Creek , Essex, E England

    RW-GO 01.03.12 Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea, Vange Creek , Essex, E England

    You can see the bird has been pretty much faithful to The Thames Estuary outside of the breeding season, although it did make a brief trip to Lancashire mid January but soon returned. The godwits have been arriving back in Iceland over the last few days, with the first sighting back in Iceland on March 29.

    If you are lucky enough to be able to read a ring, you can find more information here

    And here is a black-tailed godwit, not the black-tailed godwit and I'm not sure if it's female, it was taken by Chris Gomersall