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.
We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10:00. Group contact will advise location.
The Group will cover a wide range of topics to include visits, study focus on specific wildlife and possible volunteering. This can include visits for specific talks and events not on the scheduled meeting dates.
2019 Future meetings
Thursday 11 April 2019 Rearranged visit to Fobbing Marsh managed by Essex Wildlife Trust. Meet at 9:30 - Janet's house.
Fobbing Marsh location: Take A13 towards London.
Turn left at the Five Bells roundabout into High Street towards Fobbing.
After just over a mile turn left into Marsh Lane.
Unsure about car park, but there should be signs.
Appears to be no toilet or cafe but the White Lion is fairly close.
See more details at EWT Fobbing Marsh
Completed Group Meetings
Thursday 14 March 2019- Maria's house - visit to Fobbing Marsh postponed due to weather conditions
Due to weather conditions we decided to stay indoors at Marias (thank you Maria). We looked at a beautiful wildlife calendar photographed by one of Lyns friends - a local young lady. We said it should be put in for the Countryfile calendar as the pictures were amazing.
Also Lyn had brought along some wildlife magazines and maps for us to look at. We came up with a few ideas for future jaunts. We have chosen to visit Fobbing next month weather permitting or Chafford Gorges as it is a bit more sheltered.
We are sorry for the few that couldn't make it and wish Eric and Janet well and hope Paul will be able to make it next month which will be 11th April back at mine. Janet.
Thursday 14 February 2019. Visit to Hanningfield Reservoir.
For details and photos visit 201902 - Hanningfield
Thursday 8 November 2018 visit to Canvey Heights
For details and photos visit 201811 - Canvey Heights
Thursday 11 October 2018 visit to Two Tree Island, Leigh
For details and photos visit 201810 - Two Tree Island
Thursday 13 September 2018 visit to Rainham Marshes
For details and photos visit 201809 - Rainham Marshes
Thursday, 9 August 2018 visit to RSPB Canvey Wick reserve
For details and photos visit 201808 - Canvey Wick
Thursday, 8 March 2018 at Lyn and Alan's House
An excellent presentation by local entomologist and film maker, Alicia Hodson.
This included a film and discussion about preservation of the rare Spanish Moon Moth, the impact of Climate Change on rare species and some aspects of filming and photography of insects and other creatures.
With her excellent knowledge, Alicia was able to immediately answer many group questions. She also presents this study at the Natural History Museum and Belfairs (Alicia does volunteer work at both). She is also hoping to complete a study of various fish and poor conservation practices in Thailand and has a web site okaynature.com with details of this and other aspects of nature.
Members are interested in some volunteer work and we may be able to organise this via Alicia at Belfairs. To be discussed at next meeting.
Thursday 8 February 2018
Location: Thurrock Thameside Nature Park - Essex Wildlife Trust.
A very cold but beautiful, bright day. Lots of small birds around the main hide - blue, great, long tailed tits, robins, dunnock. A number of waders and ducks including Shelduck, Godwit and others that we could not positively identify. There are Kingfishers at the site but we didn't see any.
Click 201802 - Thameside Nature Park to see details and some photos.
Thursday 11 January 2018
Location: Langdon Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon SS16 6EB - Essex Wildlife Trust.
On a somewhat damp day we visited the lake and some of the woodland. Viewed several water fowl, long tailed tits and some other common birds. We thought we saw a blackcock some distance into a field but could not be certain.
Click 201801 - Langdon Hills to see details and some photos.
Thursday 14 December 2017
Location: Janet's Home
Members surveyed what wildlife visits their own gardens and what they do to encourage wildlife.
Click 201712 - Garden Wildlife to see details and some photos of garden visitors.