Wild Birds

canada goose

Burnham and the Dengie 100 is a twitchers paradise providing a home to many species of birds and has often been the first point of call for unusual visitors blown of normal migration routes.

Although urban , parkland, inland water and woodland birds are found in the district the main attraction are birds drawn to the coastal estuaries and the broad expanses of agricultural land.

The coastal marshes and protected areas provide a superb habitat for many birds and especially in winter large flocks of birds are evident.

As an example the Dengie roost of gulls is one of the largest in the country with over 200,000 gulls resident.

Some birds commonly seen in the area are listed below.


 Brent Geese , Canada Geese, Common Scoter, Eider, Golden Eye, Mallard, Pintail, Shelduck, Teal and Wigeon


 Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Curley Sandpiper, Dunlin, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Knot, Lapwing, Oyster Catcher, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Turnstone


 Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Little Tern


 Black Throated Diver, Coot, Cormorant, Golden Eye, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron,Little Grebe, Mallard, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Pochard, Red Crested Grebe, Red Throated Diver, Ruddy Duck, Shoveler, Slavonian Grebe, Teal, Tufted Duck and Wigeon

Birds of Prey 

 Hen Harrier, HobbyuKestrel, Mrash Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon and Sparrowhawk


Barn Owl, Little Owl, Long Eared Owl, Short Eared Owl and Tawny Owl

 Game birds

  Pheasant, Red Legged Partridge, Wood Pigeon

 Other birds 

 Bearded Tit, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Corn Bunting, Cuckoo, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Firecrest, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Hooded Crow, House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler, Robin, Rook, Skylark, Starling, Swallow, Tree Sparrow, Turtle Dove, Twite, Willow Warbler, Woodpecker ( 3 varieties), Wren and Yellow Wagtail