The Adventures of Lady Grace

The next wildlife talk will be on Wednesday 26th September 7.30 at the Church as usual.
This month’s talk will be given by Stacey Belbin. She runs boat trips out of West Mersea. She is a photographer, cookery writer and wildlife enthusiast. She has also produced her own bird recognition APP. She will talk out her adventures on board her boat “Lady Grace’.
I hope to see you there. Please email me back to book your space. Numbers are limited due to the size of the venue and we did have too many attendees last month.
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Celebrate the Curlew

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The Curlew is one of the waders which can be seen feeding at various places around the Essex coast. It’s ‘bubbling’ call is heard across the salt marsh and it is easily recognized by it’s long, down turned bill. However, it is extremely threatened and could disappear completely from our shores. An aging population is not being replaced by younger birds as the Curlew’s breeding habitat is threatened and predation continues to reduce the number of birds that fledge.

 

In the summer Curlew migrate to their breeding grounds in the northern uplands however this breeding population has halved in the last 25 years. In December 2015 it was added to the UK red list and has become one of the most pressing bird conservation priorities in the UK.

 

Saturday 21st April is World Curlew Day. In support of the various initiatives in place for Curlew conservation there will be an awareness day and Curlew exhibition at St Lawrence Church Annexe in St Lawrence. This will include Curlew inspired artwork and information displays plus a coffee and cake sale. All proceeds will be donated to Curlew conservation appeals. 10am – 4pm. Any donations of cakes and artwork appreciated. Contact slwildlifetalks@gmail.com for more details.

 

Then on Wednesday 25th April 7.30pm as part of the regular monthly wildlife talks at St Lawrence Church –  ‘New Moon of the Wane – The Curse of the Curlews’ a talk given by Rick Simpson of Wader Quest. Plus another chance to view the exhibition.  £4 – Book your place by emailing slwildlifetalks@gmail.com Again all proceed to Curlew appeals.

Wednesday 28th March – 7.30

The Work of the Woodland Trust

Sally Hepher – The Woodland Trust

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading charity for native trees and woodland.  The talk introduces some species of native tree, looks at their past economic uses, moves on to the state of woodland in the UK today, why trees are important including their value to wildlife and broader role in the landscape, the special importance of ancient woods, and the work of the Trust in protecting, restoring and creating woodland and encouraging people to visit and enjoy their local woods.  Local woods of interest are mentioned, and Sally includes a bit about woodland management, plus tree diseases.

£4.00 – Raffle – Quiz – Proceeds to The Woodland Trust

Book by emailing slwildlifetalks@gmail.com