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Walks & Tours Calendar – for details see further down. It is highly likely that more day walks will be added regularly – please check regularly
March 31 (Naturetrek Colne)
April 03, 07, 21, 30 (Naturetrek Naze); 10, 12 (WildWivenhoe); 13 (#BringingingNatureToYOU Brightlingsea); 14 (Greenwings Sandlings); 16, 26 (Naturetrek Colne)
May 05, 08, 14 (Naturetrek Naze); 11, 18, 31(Naturetrek Colne); 15, 17 (WildWivenhoe); 24-28 (Honeyguide Wild Essex)
June 04 (WildBrightlingsea); 13,14 (WildWivenhoe); 16, 22, 28 (Naturetrek Hockley); 25 (WildBrightlingsea)
July 01 (BringingNatureToYou, Wivenhoe); 06 (Naturetrek Colne); 12 (WildWivenhoe); 17 (Beth Chatto Insects); 26 (Naturetrek Naze)
August 02, 16, 24 (Naturetrek Colne); 07 (WildWivenhoe); 10 (Greenwings Sandlings); 11 (WildStour); 12 (Honeyguide Wivenhoe half-day); 18 (BringingNatureToYou, Chalkney)
September 18,20 (WildWivenhoe); 22 (Naturetrek Naze); 24 (WildBrightlingsea)
October 4-8 (Honeyguide Wild Essex); 15 (Greenwings Sandlings); 23 (WildWivenhoe)
November 29 (WildWivenhoe, awayday @ the Naze)
For details of overseas tours, with links to past reports, see Overseas Tours tab.
For details of talks, which are not listed above, please see Talks tab.
The activities are grouped into the following themes:
#WildWivenhoe – our monthly, usually one or two-hour, Saturday/Monday walks round Wivenhoe aimed at interested local people. Sadly only two were possible in 2020, in August and September: we hope to reconvene properly in 2021, probably from April. Please contact Jude on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and get on our mailing list. Cost £10pp for two-hour session
Current proposed dates are April 10 & 12 (King George’s Field); May 15 & 17 (Old Cemetery); June 13 & 14 (Cockaynes); July 10 & 12 (Lower Lodge); August 7 (Ferry Marsh, evening); plus others to be confirmed
#WildWivenhoeAwaydays – as above, but infrequent, usually longer, explorations of places away from home. Please contact Jude on email@example.com for further details and get on our mailing list.
#WildBrightlingsea – from 2021, we hope to extend the local walks to Brightlingsea, with three being planned initially: June 4, June 25, September 24
Links to blog reports of Bug&Botany group walks and awaydays:
#BringingNatureToYou – the offer of bespoke small parties, focussing on the things that interest the group or family, whenever and wherever (within reason!) we are asked to. All is negotiable! Two in Autumn 2020 were a couple of hours exploring the exciting bugs around the KGV (aimed at children) and a general introduction to wildlife of Lower Wivenhoe for a group of friends. Please contact Jude on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and get on our mailing list.
If a group of you would like the opportunity to explore nature on your doorstep, e.g. in your local woodland, park, nature trail or in your own garden we would love to meet you there and see what we can find together! We can cover the whole nature thing – from plants to invertebrates, birds to geology, not forgetting fungi and fossils – and can focus on whatever interests you the most.
These tailor-made events need not be restricted to Wivenhoe – we would happily visit anywhere within a reasonable distance. Nor be restricted to the summer months – there is lots to discover all the year round!
We have come up with the following pricing structure as a rough guide…
Family (up to 2 adults plus up to 3 children) £15 per hour
Adults (up to 4, or more if Covid restrictions permit) £5 per person per hour (minimum £15).
We would set and agree a fee at the outset. Should there be many miles to travel this may incur an additional cost.
How about a moth-trapping/bat-detecting evening in your garden (suggest £25 for a full evening plus morning ‘unveil’ – if appropriate). May to September only. Or help with planning a wildlife garden? We could certainly come up with some suggestions to help you to this end. Again, price to be agreed.
Should ‘Birds, birds, birds’ be your bag, then we can thoroughly recommend the services of our friend and expert birder Glyn Evans. We will forward any such requests directly to him.
This service is also being advertised to residents of the Wivenhoe House Hotel – see here
As and when mixing in enclosed spaces is again possible and advisable, we will continue to offer indoor talks, botanical identification (with keys), winter tree, and insect identification events…
#WildSideOfEssex – full day wildlife-watching walks around Wivenhoe & the Colne Estuary, and The Naze & the Walton Backwaters with Naturetrek. These started in August 2021 and are likely to be a regular feature in the future according to demand. Dates are currently set until the end of May 2021:
And recently added is a new day walk, to see Heath Fritillaries in Hockley Woods
Blogs of previous day walks:
#WildSandlings – full day wildlife-watching walks in the southern Suffolk Sandlings with Greenwings. After the first in September 2020, we are offering a series in 2021, all to the same area, to see the Southern Sandlings through the Seasons:
APRIL: Spring steals in – Woodlarks singing at their best, spring flowers of the woods, and the first emerging insects JULY: High summer – heaths and shingle at their most flowery and insect-rich AUGUST: Heather at its best, insects everywhere OCTOBER: The year has turned full circle: Autumn colours on the heaths, (hopefully) fungi galore and arrival of the winter birds.
#ExploringEssex – a five-day exploration of the autumn wildlife of north-east Essex based at Wivenhoe House Hotel with Greenwings in mid October
#BethChattoBugs&Beasties – postponed from 2020, we hope to be running an Invertebrate Identification Workshop in conjunction with the Beth Chatto Gardens, Elmstead Market, Essex on 17 July 2021, all day, starting with the fruits of a previous night’s moth trapping. Getting to know your Garden Invertebrates– see bethchatto.co.uk/courses for details and booking.
On the blogs tab, use the filter to select Beth Chatto Gardens blogs of which there are many!
We may add further versions of this later in the year.
Also with Honeyguide we are now offering half and full day walks:
July 28, N Essex – half day walk round Colne Local Nature Reserve from Wivenhoe. Woods, reedbeds, flowery grassland and tidal river for insects, flowers and perhaps first returning waders. 10.00-14.00, 3-4km walk. (Suitable for arrival by train.)
August 12, N Essex – half day from Wivenhoe to Cockaynes Reserve, an exceptional example of ‘life after gravel’, now a mosaic of ponds, heath, scrub and ancient woodland. 10.00-14.00. 4-5km walk. (Suitable for arrival by train.)
August 19, S Suffolk – full day exploration (5-8 km walking) of Sutton Heath and Upper Hollesley Common, for birds, heather and insects 09.00-17.00, self drive between two or three sites. (Not accessible by train.)
ARCHIVED EVENTS: if anything we have done previously is not part of our current offer and would interest you, please feel free to discuss with us! A few examples are given below….
SMALL GROUP LECTURES
Gardening with Wildlife in Mind is the one we have presented so far, before Covid intervened
TREE IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOPS
Sessions in the classroom with pressed specimens, and in the field looking at winter twigs
BOTANICAL IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOPS
A short series of classroom-based workshops looking into the inner workings of some of our local plants and learning how to identify them with the aid of keys and books.
Content: The first session will be a basic introduction to flower parts, nomenclature and classification. We will show you different methods of identifying plants through visual / written keys of various sorts. There will be a chance to work on a simple sample of flowers. The second and third sessions will be in more detail, revising what was learnt in Week one and focusing on (Week two) Flowering plants and (Week three) Grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns, and it would be very advisable to attend Week One to get maximum out of Weeks two and / or three.
INTRODUCTION TO THE WALKS, FROM 2018
This year, we are hoping to complement Richard Allen’s popular Bird Walks in Wivenhoe (see http://www.richardallenillustrator.com/) with a series of Wildlife Walks, to focus on the botanical and entomological riches of the area.
Note that we will not be sending out details of these walks via the regular Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife mailing list. Jude will be maintaining the Botany & Bug Walk mailing list and handling bookings for the walks: if you would like to be on that mailing list please contact her on email@example.com. And please feel free to pass this onto anyone else who may be interested.
Hoping to see some of you in the coming months…