The Dengie Hundred

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Welcome to the ancient Hundred in Eastern Essex

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.

Bird watchers have the use of hides in several locations.

Some birds commonly seen in the area are listed below.



Brent Goose Canada Goose Common Scoter
Eider Golden eye Mallard
Pintail Shelduck Teal




Black tailed godwit Curlew Curlew sandpiper
Dunlin Golden plover Grey plover
Knot Lapwing Oyster catcher
Redshank Ringed plover Sanderling




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


Birds of Prey 


Hen harrier Hobby Kestrel
Marsh harrier Merlin Peregrine falcon
Sparrow hawk    




Barn Owl Little Owl

Long eared owl

Short eared owl Tawny Owl  

 Game birds

  pigeon roost

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 Yellow wagtail  


The coastal marshes 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.