By Simon Wood

The County Avifaunas are a growing to be sequence giving complete information of the prestige and variety of each species recorded within the county in query. each one name covers all species at the county record, with a close breakdown of rarity documents, and every has introductory sections describing the county's common ecology, weather, climate styles, its ornithological heritage and conservation checklist. Essex is of nationwide and overseas significance to many migrating and wintering wildfowl and waders, which might be came upon at the estuaries. additional inland, the Lea Valley harbours very important populations of a number of species in the advanced of reservoirs and gravel-pits. somewhere else, the various conduct of forest and parkland, heaths and commons, agricultural land and concrete components suggest that continuously of 12 months there's the chance to determine upwards of a hundred species in an afternoon with little attempt. This ebook analyses and summarises the entire facts collated and documented during the last two hundred years and contains on hand files to the top of 2004. Introductory chapters speak about the geology and habitats of Essex and the superb fossil chicken list. The person debts offer an updated prestige of every species and styles of incidence inside Essex. A distribution map is incorporated for so much breeding species. A breakdown and research are supplied for all county rarities. wonderful line drawings and pictures illustrate the publication, all by way of gifted neighborhood artists and photographers. This ebook is an crucial reference for anyone who has watched birds during this striking county.

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It is by reconciling such potentially competing activities in a non-confrontational way that the Colne Estuary Project is trying to secure the future of the Colne for wildlife and people. The loss of saltmarsh to erosion is a significant concern in the Colne, as it is with all Essex estuaries, even though at less than 12% loss between 1973 and 1998 the Colne has fared better than most. Part of the problem lies in the reduction in sediment supply through interruption to longshore drift. In order to reach the Colne, sediment eroded from the Suffolk coast must get past the Harwich dredged channel and then run the gauntlet of the numerous groynes from Dovercourt to Clacton.

Rainham Marshes have had a long and complex history: the western end of the site was an MoD rifle range, been encroached upon by road improvements, proposed as a site for industrial development, a theme park and film studios. Likewise, the silt lagoons have had a chequered history. Important as both a feeding and roosting site for waterbirds, recent years 39 Birds of Essex have seen them becoming dry, overgrown and losing their value. But at last the site is safe under the wing of the RSPB, and the next few years will undoubtedly see Rainham start to live up to its potential.

This is a shining example, which conservationists and wildfowlers would do well to emulate in other parts of the country. Wildfowlers constitute an effective wardening presence, both during and outside the shooting season: the Little Terns that breed on Stone Point have benefited from protection schemes organised by the clubs. They organise litter clearance and habitat management events; carry out and organise surveys, including WeBS; attempt to manage the increasing problem of feral geese; and generally keep a watchful eye over the site, which provides their sport.

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