Bird Aware Essex Coast is an initiative to raise awareness of the birds that feed and breed on the Essex coast, so that people can enjoy the coast and its wildlife without disturbing the birds.
Meet the birds
The Essex coastline is extremely diverse and features a variety of habitats and environments. These habitats provide feeding and roosting opportunities for the large numbers of waterbirds from all around the world.
Our Strategy and SPD
Bird Aware Essex Coast is a tool being used to lessen potential impacts from increased local housing development. The initiative is run by the Essex Coast Recreational disturbance Avoidance and Mitigation Partnership (Essex Coast RAMS).
In preparation for winter, many birds from the frozen Northern parts of the world fly South to warmer areas with more food. During our summer months, we welcome many birds from the Southern Hemisphere to our shores.
Bird disturbance and its impact
Birds perceive people and their dogs as a threat. When people and dogs get too close, the birds sense danger and focus on the perceived threat, changing their behaviour. They may stop feeding or resting and walk, swim or fly away.
Meet the team
The Bird Aware Essex Coast team has been set up as part of a partnership between local authorities and wildlife organisations from across Essex with the goal of protecting the internationally important geese, ducks and wading birds that visit our shores.