Benfleet

Wildlife

Interest Group Contact

Please contact Janet Humphrey using our Wildlife email contact.

Group status: additional members welcome - if interested please contact Janet Humphrey at Wildlife email contact.

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Group News

We normally meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:00 but this currently suspended until the lock-down rules allow.

However, this does not preclude us doing all sorts of things at home, in the garden or on exercise walks i.e. observing, photographing or helping nature with food and a 'wilder' garden environment.

To view recent member activity and sightings in lock down please visit:

Please send in photos or observations i.e. what have you seen, for the Local Wildlife pages.

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Janet and Graham's Wildlife adventures

The week before last we visited Rayne railway station where the line has been taken up and you can walk, ride a bike in either direction, and a horse one way only.. It is part of the Flitch Way. The station is still there and the platform. In normal times the station, called the Booking Hall serve lovely food but due to circumstances they only served through a window snacks and ice cream. There are some lovely walks through Rayne (near Braintree), through a star flower field, blue, to a church and a really nice pub with a beautiful gardens.

Then last week we visited Paglesham and walked 6 miles round the sea wall. Thankfully it wasn't cold, wet or too hot as you are rather exposed for a few hours! It also takes you past the Plough & Sail (owned by Jamie Oliver's relations). but starts at the church and cottages and the Punchbowl. I don't think I had seen so many butterflies but there were no flowers!. It was interesting as we saw egrets galore and then these cinnabar caterpillars along-side the adult moth. I took these pictures on the sea wall.

Yesterday we visited Pinmill just by the Orwell bridge, There is one pub called the Butt & Oyster which is on the river Orwell a lovely view of boats on the water. After a lovely lunch, we had a walk. As we never hurry home we drove round the houses through East Bergholt and ended up at Mistley Towers which I didn't know what they were . They are two ends of a church built in the 1700's but the middle was demolished at some time and never rebuilt. At the side, still on the river is a nice place to picnic and look at hundreds of geese and swans on the river.

The pigeon is one of our babies still without pink breast. We have really enjoyed watching these being fed.

Janet

PS: Does anyone else been on any adventures?

Cinnabar Caterpillar and Adult Moth Field of Starflowers by Janet Humphrey Adult Cinnabar Moth by Janet Humphrey
Adult Cinnabar Moth by Janet Humphrey Starflower by Janet Humphrey Young Pigeon at home by Janet Humphrey

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Completed Group Meetings and Expeditions

Thursday 12 March 2020: Chigborough Lakes, near Maldon.
For details visit 202003 - Chigborough Lakes

Thursday 13 February 2020: Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea.
For details and photos visit 202002 - Wat Tyler Country Park

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Please note that due to restrictions on the number of photos we can use on the site, photos for the following meetings/visits have been removed. Access can be provided by contacting Webmaster

Thursday 9 January 2020 walk around Benfleet Downs and Creek
Thursday 14 November 2019 visit to Ingrebourne Valley
Thursday 10 October 2019 Visit to Dagnam Park, Harold Hill
Thursday 8 August Visit to Hockley Woods|
Thursday 11 July 2019 Visit to RSPB Bowers Gifford Marsh
Thursday 12 June 2019 Visit to Page Woods, Bowers Gifford
Thursday 11 April 2019 Visit to Fobbing Marsh.
Thursday 14 February 2019. Visit to Hanningfield Reservoir.
Thursday 8 November 2018 visit to Canvey Heights
Thursday 11 October 2018 visit to Two Tree Island, Leigh
Thursday 13 September 2018 visit to Rainham Marshes
Thursday, 9 August 2018 visit to RSPB Canvey Wick reserve
Thursday, 8 March 2018 at Lyn and Alan's House An excellent presentation by local entomologist and film maker, Alicia Hodson. Visit:
Spanish Moon Moth
Thursday 8 February 2018 Thurrock Thameside Nature Park - Essex Wildlife Trust.
Thursday 11 January 2018: Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve - Essex Wildlife Trust.
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