South Essex

South Essex

South Essex
A landscape of wetlands and marshes nestled along the Thames Estuary.
Latest blog posts
  • A thank you and goodbye to Steph

    Here at South Essex we want to start celebrating the people that make the South Essex Reserves such a special place ranging from the staff and volunteers who go out every week to improve the habitat on Bowers Marsh to our brilliant Welcome Hosts found...
  • The Geese have returned

    Essex is home to some fantastic wildlife spectacles and none more impressive than the migration of the brent geese. They arrive from their breeding ground in northern Russia and Siberia to feed on the eel grass found along the coastline and recently...
  • Susy`s love of water voles

    No animal I have ever known of is as rotund, plump, and squidgy looking, as our water vole. They have deep brown eyes, set in rich chestnut fur, with a gentle creamy eye ring, which can make them look almost spectacled. And no animal species has ever...
  • 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...
  • 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...
Latest photos
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Sunset over Vange Marsh

Taken one evening back in February - so plenty to look forward to as summer fades.
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Waxwing at Pitsea

Only 5 birds present today 8th February in the Aldi car park at Pitsea. At least we had some sunshine...
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Whinchats at West Canvey Marsh

Taken at West Canvey Marsh on Sunday Aug 21st, 10.30 a.m.
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Waxwings at Pitsea

Two of the 5 birds present in Aldi car park at Pitsea on 8th February. Responding to berries tied to...
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possible Siberian Chiffchaff at Vange Marsh

This bird has been present in the abstraction ditch with up to six Chiffchaffs for almost a week now...
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Golden Bull.

This Bull and his friend! were enjoying the sunshine at the RSPB reserve at west Canvey Marshes Today...
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Wood Sandpiper from West Canvey road hide

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A cuckoo at Wat Tyler CP, 22/4/10
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Male Blackbird - 7th August 2011

Photo taken just as we were leaving the hide (literally coming down the steps) where we'd seen the...
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Emperor Dragonfly

Taken east of Benfleet as it patrolled a pond.
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Grey Heron

Taking to the air post lunch, West Canvey Marsh 25th April 2010.
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Marsh Harrier Wat Tyler Country Park 13 May 2010

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