Our September speaker was Liz Huxley, an Essex based freelance wildlife photographer. Liz gave an illustrated talk on winter wildlife of the Essex marshes which she had studied for 30 years whilst working for Essex Wildlife Trust. The county is blessed with lots of coastline and tidal estuary shores which support a huge variety of wildlife. Being flat with a large tidal range, it also produces a variety of dynamic habitats from deep-sea through mud, salt marshes and grazing marshes. Winter wildlife is equally varied from seals porpoises and dolphins just offshore, to a wonderful range of birdlife and four-legged predators. Liz’s photographs illustrated these beautifully from seasonal visitors in their tens of thousands, like Brent Geese and Mallards, to rarer occasional species like Black Brents, Merlins, Ibis and Spoonbills.
Studying Essex wildlife can be done from hides and huts as well as walks and boat trips, each of which produces a different perspective. Liz emphasised that before setting off one should always check the tides and weather to avoid being soaked, cut off or drowned! She was thanked for a fascinating talk.
Next month’s meeting will be our AGM followed by guest speaker Amanda Sutherland talking about her creative journey through Film TV and Theatre costume design.