Next Outdoor Meeting - Sunday 15th September 2019 - Wallasea Island - RSPB Guided Walk
Join us for a guided walk by the RSPB around this fabulous reserve. At this time of year we should see plenty of migrating birds, especially waders. There will be a £2 per person cost per person for access to RSPB facilities which includes Tea & Coffee and toilet facilities. Meet in Wickford at 10.00am. Note meeting time may change depending on time of high tide at Wallasea.
Whats about in Wickford - Late August 2019
Trust you are all enjoying this late summer good weather and although it still feels like summer, things are starting to change. The Swifts have gone, they went in the first week of August as usual, and the garden is full of young birds at the moment. House Sparrows seem to have had a good breeding year and we have had a large family of Long Tailed Tits visiting. They are fabulous and we love seeing them. Buzzards have been common this last week and we have probably seen them over house every day. A clue to their presence is the raucous noise of gulls - if you hear gulls making a racket then there is often a bird of prey around. Butterflies have a good year too. The garden is full of Red Admiral, Large White and Painted Ladies at the moment. We are also seeing Small Whites, Comma, and a few Holly Blues. If the weather holds we may see these for a few weeks yet. Another visitor to the garden has been the Migrant Hawker, usually at dusk but they need to be careful as the bats come out around this time too. Further afield, there are 8 Cattle Egrets at Wat Tyler (viewable from the Marina) and there has been a large passage of Pied Flycatchers, which could turn up anywhere. There is at least one currently at Gunners Park, Shoebury. At Bowers Marsh there are Whinchats and a Spotted Flycatcher. Good luck if you are out and about this weekend trying to catch up with these migrating birds.
Please let me have details of your wildlife sightings in Wickford and I will add them here.
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