Unless otherwise specified, you do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. If you have any questions please call the contact number shown with the event details.

October 2020


Walk - The Naze SUSPENDED

Location: The Naze Centre, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze
Postcode: CO14 8LE (Google map)

We're grateful to wildlife photographer Liz Huxley who has kindly agreed to lead this walk.

The Naze (SSSI) is a unique coastal landscape of outstanding geological and biological importance. The most easterly peninsula in Essex, it is an important site for migrating birds and boasts a number of different habitats, both terrestrial and marine.

The walk will last 2-2 hours and will be over uneven ground. It's an exciting time of year when many birds are on the move, and what we see will depend in part on weather conditions and wind direction.

October usually sees an influx of blackbirds from the continent, often with fieldfare and redwing and the occasional ring ouzel. Common warbler species such as chiffchaff, blackcap, whitethroat and lesser whitethroat move through in numbers but there may also be a redstart, wheatear or whinchat to brighten up the day.

Cetti's warblers are now resident (heard more than seen!), and we'll also listen out for redpoll or brambling flying over. There are likely to be good numbers of goldcrests in the trees and bushes, and we'll search for a firecrest or yellow browed warbler among them. Raptors may include marsh harrier, common buzzard, merlin, peregrine and short eared owl.
We'll also check the beach for sanderling and brent geese, and there may still be sandwich terns fishing offshore. If we're lucky we might even find something a bit rarer - maybe a red backed shrike or a wryneck or...!

Note that Tendring District Council runs the car park where (pay & display) charges apply:-
Up to 1 hour - £1.50
Up to 2 hours - £2.20
Up to 4 hours - £4.00

Time: Meet in the car park at 10.30am.

Price: The only charge is for parking.


November 2020


Birdwatching in the Northern Mediterranean - CANCELLED

Location: Northumberland Theatre, Writtle University College, Lordship Road, Writtle (Across the road from the main college building, to the right of the Wilkins Tea Room & Shop).
See Lordship Campus (building no.2) via:-

Ample free parking adjacent to the theatre.

Access is at ground level. All welcome.

Postcode: CM1 3RP (Google map)

We welcome the return of Brian Nobbs to present this talk.

We will follow the Mediterranean from east to west stopping at some of the iconic bird watching locations and looking at a selection of the wildlife, including some of the resident birds and some of the migrants on passage. We start with the Greek islands of Kos and Lesvos, then the French island of Corsica, before visiting the Rhone delta - the Camargue - before finishing in the Spanish Balearic islands of Majorca and Menorca.

Time: 7.45pm - 9.35pm with interval.

Price: £3.50

Telephone: 01245 471576