The reserves are now host to numerous butterflies. On Bowers Marsh there are Small Skipper. Essex Skipper, Large Skipper, Painted Lady Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and Marbled White.

Marbled White by David Lee

 

 Small Skipper by David Lee                                                     

Small Tortoise by David Lee

The dragonflies have started to emerge with Black-tailed Skimmer, Emperor and Broad-bodied Chaser flying vigorously.

Black-tailed Skimmer by David Lee 

Broad-bodied Chaser by David Lee

On June 24 some eagle-eyed birders spotted a Stone Curlew that made a brief stop-over on Bowers Marsh. Other species included the Black-necked Grebes with their humbug chicks on their backs, Little Ringed Plover with chicks and one Barnacle Goose.

On Vange Marsh the main reports have been Spotted Redshank. Redshank, Greenshank, Gadwall and Marsh Harriers.

West Canvey Marsh has hosted Avocet, Lapwing, a Mediterranean Gull, Reed Warblers and Skylark. For those interested in flowers Canvey Wick has many Common Spotted and Pyramid Orchids.

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