As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday 5 October 2012

Take a gander at wildlife spectacle

HAVE a gander at one of the Thames Estuary's most impressive wildlife spectacles over the coming weeks as thousands of brent geese descend on the river.

You can get a great view of the incoming wildfowl with the RSPB at The Peterboat in Leigh-on-Sea where telescopes will be set up on the pub's patio area.

The mudflats at Leigh come alive as the UK's smallest goose arrives from northern Russia and Siberia to feed on the eelgrass in the estuary.

The Thames Estuary is one of the best places in the country to see such large numbers of brent geese as they descend and feed and you may also glimpse other wildfowl and wildlife from the RSPB's vantage point.

Alan Shearman of the RSPB said: "The brent goose watch is a brilliant chance to get close to an amazing wildlife spectacle.

"The Thames Estuary is vitally important for wildlife and is one of the most biologically productive habitats on the planet – even rivaling tropical rainforests! And there's not a better moment to really see this than when watching the autumn geese and waders arrive."


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