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February 2020

Essex Coastal Waders & Wildfowl, Bird Watching Boat Trip, February 22nd 2020

February 22, 2020
Town Jetty, Waterside
Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0AX United Kingdom
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Join us on a 2 hr boat trip along Brightlingsea Creek to see the Estuary birds. Spotting winter waders & wildfowl with Gerry Johnson MBNA & Roger Tabor HonFBNA. Dress warmly & bring binoculars. Meet Brightlingsea Town Jetty, Waterside CO7 0AX. Places are limited, please contact us if you are interested :   essex@bna-naturalists.org See the report from the 2019 Birding Boat Trip in the Reports Section on this BNA Essex site

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May 2020

Springtime Flowers & Insects in Wanstead Park, Wanstead E12 5EZ

May 17, 2020 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: Please assume BNA Essex Events will be cancelled until government restrictions change. On Sunday 17th May 2020, experienced naturalist Tricia Moxey, who last year was officially Recognised as a Fellow of the British Naturalists' Association, will be leading one of her excellent & informative walks as part of the Epping Forest Heritage Walks 2020 programme to which BNA Essex members are invited to take part. Wanstead Park is in the southern part of Epping Forest, in Wanstead. Meet…

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June 2020

Freshwater Wildlife at Paper Mill Lock, R Chelmer nr Danbury, Essex

June 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Paper Mill Lock, Paper Mill Lock
Little Baddow, CM3 4BS United Kingdom
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Saturday 20th June 2020, sampling invertebrates & small fish in the Chelmer ("pond-dipping") from canal footpath. Led by Ken Biggins MBNA. Approach from Danbury down North Hill, some parking in lay-by near bridge CM3 4BS, 2-4pm.

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July 2020

Wildlife Event & Picnic at All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex

July 31, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, All Saints Church, Church Road
Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0RZ United Kingdom
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Leader: Dr Chris Gibson FBNA Come along for a summer late afternoon & evening event, starts 4pm, - bring your own picnic! Chris will look for flowers, plants & insects (beetles to butterflies & more) in the churchyard, then a picnic break. As the evening develops, bat detecting & moth trapping around the church exterior. Should be a great event!

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August 2020

Coastal countryside wildlife at Marsh Farm, Brightlingsea, Essex

August 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Marsh Farm, Stoney Lane,
Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0SR United Kingdom
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Leader: Roger Tabor HonFBNA DUE TO COVID PANDEMIC RESTRICTIONS POSTPONED UNTIL A LATER DATE TBA Great opportunity to see the wildlife & plants around Marsh Farmhouse, at the far end of Stoney Lane, off Red Barn Road/Chapel Road, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0SR. Charming setting facing a small lake, where will sample the freshwater life ('pond-dipping'), & look at plants & other wildlife around the Grade II farmhouse location. Will also look at the upper reaches of Flag Creek & its…

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Spotting Nature for Families August 31st 2020 Brightlingsea, Essex

August 31, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Lozenge Nature Area, Lower Park Road
Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0LG United Kingdom
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EVENT & BRIGHTLINGSEA 2020 TOWN SHOW CANCELLED DUE TO COVID PANDEMIC - until further notice Bring your family along on August Bank Holiday 2020 to help your youngsters develop skills in spotting wildflowers & wildlife at the Lozenge Nature Area, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0LG which will be open between 11am to 4.30pm. This is a FREE event run by the Essex Branch of the British Naturalists' Association with support from the Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea. Youngsters…

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August 2021

Monday 30th August 2021: Nature Spotting at the Lozenge Nature Area, for Families.

August 30, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Lozenge Nature Area, Lower Park Road
Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0LG United Kingdom
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At: Lozenge Nature Area, Lower Park Road, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0LG. Event open between 11.30-4.30pm. This annual August Bank Holiday Monday event is a jointly organised by the BNA & the Cinque Port Liberty of Brightlingsea. Come along with your family to encourage your youngsters to be able to recognise & identify some of the plants & other wildlife at the Lozenge Nature Area. There are BNA experts on hand to help, your family will be given a Spotter Sheet…

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September 2021

Saturday 25th September 2021: Fungi, Fruits & Foliage.

September 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ United Kingdom
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Meet: Valley Car Park, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ. 10.00am – 11.30am Leader: Dr Chris Gibson FBNA Approach the University Campus from the B1028 (Wivenhoe-Colchester road), take the Main Entrance off the B1028 into Boundary Road, turn right into Park Road, the second car park on the left is Valley Car Park. Wivenhoe Park was immortalised in a well-known painting by the outstanding English landscape painter, John Constable. Once owned by the Rebow family, its 200 acres…

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October 2021

Sunday 10th October 2021: Looking at Seagrass at the Naze.

October 10, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Naze Tower, Naze Car Park, Old Hall Lane
Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LJ United Kingdom
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Meet: Beside base of Naze Tower, at Naze Car Park, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LJ 10.30am Leader: Dr Tim Gardiner FBNA A counter to global warming is carbon sequestration, seagrass can store as much carbon per hectare as trees in the UK. Seagrass populations have been decimated, but Project Seagrass hopes to turn that around. Come along and be introduced to seagrass spotting & seagrass importance by seagrass expert & award-winning ecologist Dr Tim Gardiner.

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December 2021

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December 2021: BNA Essex “Tree” in Brightlingsea Christmas Tree Festival.

December 11, 2021 - December 12, 2021
All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, All Saints Church, Church Road
Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0RZ United Kingdom
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Event open over weekend at: All Saints’ Church, Church Road, Brightlingsea, Essex CO7 0RZ (Preparation days 9th & 10th December 2021) Once again BNA Essex will be putting our wildlife-themed “tree” into the Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints church, Brightlingsea, Church Road, Essex CO7 0RZ. This is a very successful annual event to which large numbers of people attend & many organisations have a themed “tree”, so a good opportunity to promote the needs of wildlife. If branch members…

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