Trip reports

Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserve

Tollesbury Wick Nature Reserve
Simon Hurwitz

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Saturday 17th November saw ten members visit the Essex Wildlife Trust at Tollesbury Wick. The weather was excellent with blue skies and sunshine. Good conditions for viewing with the only drawback being the low tide meaning that many birds were rather distant.
The walk started from the Tollesbury Marina next to the car park and having gone through the marina went along the sea wall to the Shingle head Point with great views across to Mersea Island. It is possible to make this in to a circular walk (quite long) but we elected to return along the same route- it's possible to end the walk in several cafes (always a good end)
With the tide out there were distant views of massive flocks of Golden Plover and Dunlin accompanied by a good number of Avocet coming in to land - a particularly lovely sight. Closer to the shore were good numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Black Tailed Godwit and Brent Geese. Thanks to the use of a spotting scope or two a Red Breasted Merganser, Pin Tailed Duck and Green Sandpiper were seen. Also seen along the shore were Curlew, Oystercatcher, Little Egret and Redshank.
The inland marsh gave us some good sightings. Of particular note were Stonechat, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting and Skylark. There was also a very brief passing glimpse of a flock of Linnet. A channel next to the sea wall gave us a sighting of a Little Grebe.
Flying over the marsh a Kestrel and a Marsh Harrier and a Black Backed Gull were seen.
It was a most enjoyable walk with plenty to see and definitely worth visiting again.