Next Outdoor Meeting - Sunday 15th July 2018 - Papermill Lock.
Join us for a morning walk along this beautiful stretch of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. We will be hoping to see lots of Dragonflies & Damselflies, including the gorgeous Banded Demoiselle, and there will be plenty of birdlife, including fishing Common Terns, Grey Wagtails and perhaps even a Kingfisher! Plus there’s coffee and cakes in the café afterwards. And you will be home in time to see England in the World Cup Final (perhaps!) What more can you ask for? Meet in Wickford at 9.30am.
NEW INDOOR MEETING VENUE - ST ANDREWS HALL!
You will all be aware of the parking problems at our current meeting venue so we have decided to move! Our new venue for Indoor Meetings is:
St Andrews Church Hall
11 London Road
There is some parking at the front of the church but a larger car park at the back and if needed is not too far from the town centre car parks. We are sure that this will prove to be a good move for our Society.
Last Outdoor Meeting - Longest Day Walk - West Hanningfield - Thursday 21st June 2018.
We did wonder if we had made the right decision as we drove through huge clouds of midges on the way to the walk but our fears did not materialise as the walk turned out to be relatively midge free! 12 of us from Wickford Wildlife and Basildon Natural History Societies met in the car park of the Three Compasses pub on a lovely evening and quickly spotted several Purple Hairstreak butterflies flying around an oak tree together with a very nice male Greenfinch in the sun. We set off on our walk and stopped immediately to see a strange bird on a wire....this was scared off by a Hobby flying over the fields. We also saw a Robin, Barn Swallows over the field, and a few Woodpigeons and Magpies. The strange bird was a Green Woodpecker - none of us had ever seen one perched like that before! As we carried on a Jay flew across the path and we heard quite a few Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Common Whitethroats singing in the hedges and woods. Another unusual bird feeding in the low branches had us scratching our heads for a bit but we agreed that it was a Garden Warbler - not often seen out in the open. We stopped to look at some butterflies and saw Ringlet, Meadow Brown and a very nice Large Skipper, together with a Common Blue Damselfly. We eventually managed to get to the woods and were amazed at the number of Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits flying through the trees - there were loads of them! A couple of Grey Squirrels were chasing each other around and we heard a Song Thrush singing close by but could not see it. We emerged from the woods into the fields and saw/heard several Skylarks. Then we saw a Kestrel attacking a Buzzard perched on a telegraph pole - this lasted quite a few minutes before the Buzzard had enough and cleared off. Then a great sight - an adult Brown Hare with 2 Leverets - brilliant. One of the Leverets then chased out a Red Legged Partridge! While watching more Leverets (we think there were at least 3 of them) we spotted 4 Lapwings in the fields and finally on our way back to the pub we saw a Blackbird. We then had a few drinks in the pub before heading home. A very good night with some really interesting wildlife sightings - one of our better longest day walks.
Whats about in Wickford - June 2018
A total of 6 Swifts have arrived in Shotgate and are screeching around the roof tops catching lots of insects in this good weather. I love these birds and could watch them all day long. Blue Tits and Great Tits have fledged in my garden and there are lots of juvenile birds in the parks and gardens - it looks like it has been a decent breeding season so far. A few Large Whites with a odd Common Blue are fluttering around my garden but I did see a Marbled White this week - keep your eyes out for them. They have also been seen on Wick Country Park. It only seems 5 minutes since they got here but I saw this week that some Cuckoo's are already on their way back to Africa - stopping off in Spain and Italy to feed up on the way. Juvenile Cuckoo's however, will be here for perhaps another 3 months before they head off South - what an amazing life cycle these birds have. Please keep me posted with any local sightings.
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