News archive

January 2018

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Big Garden Bird Watch (27th/28th/29th)

Big Garden Bird Watch (27th/28th/29th)

Joining in with Big Garden Birdwatch is simple and enjoyable - and a great excuse to watch your garden birds.
You can download your FREE pack and get a 20% discount and free P&P from the RSPB online shop.

Choose a good place to watch from for an hour from 27-29 January 2018. Which window gives you the best view? Make sure it's comfy and you have the essentials within easy reach - a nice, hot drink and your favourite biscuits - and somewhere to jot down what you see. On the website we've got a nifty counting tool to help you keep track of what you've seen.
If you haven't got a garden that's no problem. Just pop down to your local park or green space and join in there.

Relax and watch the birds for an hour.

Count the maximum number of each species you see at any one time. For example, if you see a group of three house sparrows together and later another two, and after that another one, the number to submit is three. That way, it's less likely you'll double-count the same birds.

Go to the Big Garden Birdwatch website and record what you've seen. Or use a paper form. It's FREE to post back to the RSPB. If you have any website technical issues you can refer to the FAQ's or, telephone.

That's it! By taking part and telling the RSPB what you see, you're helping them find out more about garden wildlife - so take a big pat on the back!

Click on the Download file link to see or print the inside of the BGBW leaflet.

Click on the web link for more info from the RSPB website.

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Wildlife of South Essex

Wildlife of South Essex

Neil Phillips, a wildlife photographer, showed us what he has found in this area - delivered with great enthusiasm and with some stunning photographs. Much appreciated by the audience!

Neil does most of his wildlife photography in Essex, and reckons it is under-rated. His passion is more for insects rather than birds and his close ups of insects I'd never heard of were a revelation, often requiring Neil to lie flat in mud and ditches to get the shot.
This low level approach also resulted in some wonderful eye to eye shots of birds too.

As usual in January, we fitted in a quick AGM first.
More committee changes this year - perhaps you could consider joining us, we would really appreciate some more help. If not on the committee, maybe in another role (e.g. meet & greet as people arrive downstairs, help with refreshments at tea interval, sell raffle tickets, help make our Facebook page more interesting etc.)

Please go to the Events page where this item has a Google Map link to our location at

St Mary's Church (Gwinnell Room)
207 High Road
South Woodford
E18 2PA

We meet on the second Tuesday of most months at 8pm
Our nature talks cost: £3.00 for RSPB & Wren members, £3.50 for non-members, Free to schoolchildren

St Mary's Church is a short distance from the junction with Chelmsford Road. Parking is allowed on the single yellow lines outside in the High Road after 6.30 pm. There is also free parking at Derby Road car park.
It is about a 15 minute walk from South Woodford tube station (on Central line). Buses 179 and W13 stop nearby.

If you click on the 'Download file' link, then you will see the striking poster that David (our Publicity officer) produced to advertise this talk.

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