Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife Autumn Ramble, Sunday 29 October

WWW's final event of the year will be our by now traditional Autumn Ramble, walking somewhere for 2-3 hours, looking at fungi, wild fruits and late flowers, winter birds, and anything else we come across. We have not yet decided where this will be, so no details yet on where to meet, but we will start at 1030, Sunday 29 October. When we get a clearer idea of likely weather conditions, ground conditions etc we will let you know here (by lunchtime the day before) where we intend to go and where we will meet.

The event will be free, with no booking required. Bring binoculars if you have them, and wear clothing and footwear appropriate to whatever conditions we find ourselves in!


  • We have decided to walk tomorrow from the public KGV car-park at 1030, pottering across the field and through the first part of the woods looking for any late-season fungi (although the early fungus season this year doesn't bode well). Then onto Ferry Marsh where we are likely to be focussing more on birds - Glyn has been noting a lot of daytime visible migration this week, so anything could turn up. Then if time permits a walk further down the Trail. Start at 1030, finish by 13.30.
  • Where´s the KGV car park?
  • opposite the Greyhound
  • Opposite the Greyhound pub Down the High Street towards the river and on the right.

  • 4600 Wood pigeons through due West over Barrier Marsh this morning,  plus a couple of hundred Redwing/Fieldfare.

    Red-breasted Mergansers were on the water opposite Fingringhoe.

    Good numbers of winter wikdfowl and waders now building up.

    Anyone who has always wanted to see a Peregrine has a real good chance at the moment as I believe there are two in the Alresford area.

    As Chris says, anything can turn up. It was at this time last year (23rd) that I found the ultra-rare Dusky Warbler from Siberia. This year the westerlies have brought a lot of American vagrants mainly to our western shores, but in the last 3 weeks we have had two separate confirmed sightings of American Golden Plover in Essex, the first of which was right here in the Colne estuary.
  • edited October 31
    Three from Sunday morning Thanks everyone.

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