South Essex

South Essex

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

South Essex

  • Canvey Island Wildlife Day Photography competition 2017

    We are coming round for another Canvey Island Wildlife day, this year on the 27 May.

    Means its time for another Essex Wildlife competition, run by RSPB and Canvey Town Council and completely free to enter!

    Have you got what it takes to show off the fantastic wildlife of Essex?

    Categories this year are:

    • Under 12 years old
    • 12-18 years old
    • over 18 years old

    Once again we have some great prizes for all categories but you have to be in it to win it!

    Deadline for submissions is the 21 May and the winner will be chosen on the 27 May by Mike Dilger  from BBC`s One Show. 

    You can download the entry form and terms and conditions below.  

    For more information contact: 

    RSPB South Essex - 01268 498620 or

    Best of luck to all that enter!

  • Sightings South Essex Marshes w/c 25th May

    With the breeding season well underway the birds a starting to quieten down a little bit, but good performances still being put on at all of the reserves. At Bowers Marsh corn buntings are in full voice and the skylarks are still flying high.  Other visitors to Bowers this week have included 2 black winged stilts, seen on Monday and Tuesday but haven’t been seen since. Large numbers of (110+) black-tailed godwits were seen on the brackish lagoon towards the middle of the week.  A few other rare and interesting visitors at Bowers this week have included a pectoral sandpiper, temminck's stint and a spoonbill! Conditions on site are looking really great at the moment with lots of foraging habitat to draw the waders in. Probably the reason for so many godwits and the rarities that have been visiting. The dragonflies are about too with plenty of sightings of broad bodied chasers.

    At West Canvey Marsh and Canvey Wick cuckoos are still being heard around the site as well as a lesser whitethroat. The water voles at West Canvey have also been putting in appearances along with adders and common lizards

    We have generously been bequeathed some bird diaries from a local birder. This is his entry from Saturday 25th May 1968

    “Bright at first, rain later continuous. Visited One Tree Hill. Obs. 2/3 pairs Turtle Dove, 2/3 Blackcap, 2/3 Chiffchaff, 1 Coal tit singing ‘didyou’ pattern, 3 Yellowhammers, 5 Jays, 1 Song Thrush , 1 Long tailed tit, 3 Chaffinch, 1 poss. Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Jackdaws, 10 Magpies in gathering . 2 Tree-Sparrow.”

  • Essex Wildlife Photography Competition 2015

    It's only a few months until the annual Canvey Island Wildlife Day and in celebration we are again running the Essex Wildlife Photography Competition. 

    The Essex Wildlife Photography Competition is being hosted by the RSPB and Canvey Town Council and is now open for entry

    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 17 May 2015. The competition will be judged at Canvey Wildlife Day by BBC's The One Show's Mike Dilger on Saturday 30 May 2015

    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!