Celebrate the Curlew


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

Wildlife Talks to start in the new year.

A series of Wildlife Talks are set to start in January hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Annex, St Lawrence Church. The talks will cover a range of subjects and will be suitable for all ages and open to all.

There will be a charge of £4 per talk with proceeds after running costs going to the speaker’s charity. Hopefully, further donations will be made through a regular raffle and other fundraising activities.

All talks will start at 8pm with doors opening at 7.30. Numbers are restricted so it will be best to book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. This can be done by emailing  slwildlifetalks@gmail.com prior to each event.

25th JanuaryThe Magic of the Birds in your Garden – An illustrated talk given by Graham Mee  coinciding with the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch which is happening the next weekend. Sold Out

28th FebruaryAdventures of Lady Grace – A talk given by Stacey Belbin of Lady Grace Boat Trips. Stacey skippers boat trips out of West Mersea and will be speaking about her experiences and her love of wildlife and photography. Cancelled due to weather

28th March The Work of the Woodland Trust –  Sally Helper from the Woodland Trust will speak about the state of our woodlands today and will cover ancient woodlands, local woods, their impact on wildlife and the work done to protect our trees.

More talks are in the pipeline for later in the year with subjects including Bats, Moths and the Little Tern monitoring scheme.

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