Full Programme 2018

Wednesday

10th January 2018

Indoor

Wallasea Island RSPB Reserve - Rachel Fancy (RSPB Warden).  

Rachel is the warden at Wallasea Island and recently appeared on Countryfile discussing the latest developments there. At our meeting she will provide an illustrated update on the Wallasea Island Wild Coast project – a landmark conservation and engineering scheme, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of it’s type in Europe! This is now a fabulous reserve and it will get even better. 

Arrive at 7.50pm for an 8.00pm start.

Wednesday

14th February  2018

Indoor

Members Evening. 

Bring along any photos, pictures and stories you would like to share – UK or abroad – any interesting images of wildlife - slides, digital or real exhibits welcome. 

Arrive at 7.50pm for an 8.00pm start.

Sunday

18th February 2018

Outdoor

Heybridge Basin – Winter Birdwatch. 

Join us for a refreshing winter walk along the Blackwater Estuary at the Heybridge Basin. At this time of year we should see plenty of over-wintering waders and wildfowl, perhaps a Smew as we saw last time and we could see Marsh Harriers and other raptors hunting across the marshes. Wrap up warm and bring a flask along with your binoculars! 

Meet in Wickford at 9.00am

Wednesday

14th March 2018

Indoor

Inter-Society Quiz – Basildon Natural History Society. 

BNHS are our hosts for this years Inter-Society Quiz at the Laindon Community Center, Aston Road, Laindon, SS15 6NX. Wickford were runners-up last year, so come along, support our team, and we might win in 2018. 

Arrive at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

Wednesday

11th April 2018

Indoor

The Greater World of Little Things – Ross Gardner. 

Naturalist Ross Gardner, will use his latest book to enlighten us about the many and varied ways we might experience the natural world. One that looks to encourage a different view of the supposedly normal or simply just a better look at what we already know. Copies of his book will be available for sale. 

Arrive at 7.50pm for an 8.00pm start.

Sunday

15th April 2018

Outdoor

Norsey Woods – Bluebell Walk. 

Norsey Woods is renowned for its amazing bluebell display each year, which brings a glowing purple carpet to the woods. Join us as we wander around this amazing sight. With our climate changing – fingers crossed that that the bluebells are in bloom during our visit. If not we should see and hear early migrant woodland birds. 

Meet in Wickford at 9.30am.

Sunday

13th May 2018

Outdoor

 

Nevendon Washlands - Ray Cranfield

After last years postponed visit we will try again to visit this little explored site, which is a haven for reptiles and insects. Expect to see Slowworms and Adders up close and plenty more! Bring your camera as there will be opportunties for some good photographs.

Meet in Wickford at 9.30am.

Thursday

21st June 2018

Outdoor (Evening Event)

Longest Day Walk – Hanningfield Reservoir – Three Compasses Pub. 

Join us for an evening walk around the western end of Hanningfield Reservoir, followed by refreshments at the Three Compasses pub afterwards. Meet in the Three Compasses Car Park - Church Rd, West Hanningfield, Chelmsford CM2 8UQ. 

Meet at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

Sunday

15th July 2018

Outdoor

Papermill Lock. 

We will walk along this beautiful stretch of the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation hoping to see Dragonflies & Damselflies, including the gorgeous Banded Demoiselle, and plenty of birdlife, including fishing Terns, Grey Wagtails and perhaps a Kingfisher. Plus there’s coffee and cakes in the café afterwards. What more can you ask for? 

Meet in Wickford at 9.30am.

Sunday

9th September 2018

Outdoor

Bowers Marsh – RSPB. 

Bowers Marsh is an ancient landscape alive with the sights and sounds of wildlife. At this time of year we should see large movements of migrating birds - some heading south to a warmer climate, others seeking refuge in the UK from the cold Arctic winter. At this reserve, the migrants will mainly be wading and water birds but we could also see Marsh Harriers and other raptors plus everyone's favourite the Bearded Tit. 

Meet in Wickford at 9.00am.

Wednesday

10th October 2018

Indoor

Wildlife Gardening - Andrew Sidders (EWT). 

Andrew will provide us with plenty of useful advice on how to make the best use of our gardens to benefit our local wildlife. In addition, we will see some practical skills in making a Toad House or Bird Box. 

Arrive at 7.50pm for an 8.00pm start.

Saturday

13th October 2018

Outdoor

Crowsheath Wood – Fungus Foray. 

This is a joint outing with the Essex Field Club and Basildon Natural History Society. This year we will be leading the walk and Tony Boniface will provide ID expertise. At our last Fungi Foray here, we found a fine specimen of the Hen of the Woods (Grifola frondosa).

Meet in Wickford at 10.30am or Crowsheath Wood at 10.45am for 11.00am start.

Wednesday

14th November 2018

Indoor

Hares - Sue Alderman (Hare Preservation Trust). 

Sue’s illustrated talk will cover the lives of these charismatic creatures and how the Hare Preservation Trust works to protect them. There are plenty of areas of Essex where you can see Hare's so this talk may inspire you to go out and see them. 

Arrive at 7.50pm for an 8.00pm start.

Wednesday

12th December 2018

Indoor

AGM and Christmas social. 

Celebrate the festive season with fellow members. All visitors welcome to learn more about our society and enjoy the free tasty buffet! The short AGM will take place first and then we can enjoy the buffet - a quiz or short talk will also take place.

Arrive at 7.50pm for an 8.00pm start.


Indoor Meetings 
All indoor meetings will be held in the St Andrews Church Hall, 11 London Road, Wickford, Essex, SS12 0AN. 

There is normally adequate parking at the Church and the venue is close to Wickford Central Council Car Parks. 

Doors Open - 7.45pm Meetings Start - 8.00pm prompt 

Admission - Members £2.00 - Non-Members £3.00 

Outdoor Meetings 
Unless otherwise specified, outings will depart from the Wickford Central Council Car Park (next to the Co-op) at the times shown above. 

Please note that times may vary according to the location of the meeting. There are always spare places in cars travelling to the different locations, so anyone needing transport is normally guaranteed a lift. In case of a change of venue or timings, it is advisable to contact us by email for confirmation of all outdoor meetings. 

The return times indicated are the times when arriving back in Wickford, they are of course, approximate and very much dependant on the wildlife we are seeing on the day. If you wish to travel direct to any location, map references and directions can be provided.