This website: Wild Essex

Assembled and maintained by Tony Gunton

About Tony Gunton

Tony Gunton has been observing and working for wildlife in Essex for many years. He has assembled several books on Essex, its nature reserves and its wildlife, the latest of which is The Pick of Wild Essex (click here for more details). In this context Essex is defined as the old vice-county, extending into what is now Greater London as far west as the River Lea, and which is reflected also in Essex postal addresses.

He lives in the Green Belt just outside Upminster, with a large (by London standards) garden that he has been managing organically and for wildlife for many years. He also looks after Cranham Marsh, a wetland nature reserve on the fringes of Upminster, on behalf of Essex Wildlife Trust (the site manager) and Havering Council (the owner).

Currently he is Chair of Havering Wildlife Project (HWP), set up in 2000 and whose first task was to develop a Biodiversity Action Plan for Havering. Since then it has supported and influenced Havering Council's plans for biodiversity and now works with the Council, statutory bodies such as Environment Agency and Natural England, local people and local organisations to improve the local environment and its wildlife.


Many people have helped in the compilation of the information held on this website, by providing material, pointing out inaccuracies and commenting on drafts. They are too many to name individually except to mention David Corke, whose Lopinga Books publishes The Pick of Wild Essex and a number of other books about Essex wildlife.


Many of the 1,000 or so photographs of wildlife and of wild places on this website have been provided without charge by local photographers, some of them via Creative Commons licences. If you wish to use these or obtain versions at higher resolutions, please find them and/or contact the originators via a web search - Wikimedia Commons, FlickR and Geograph are particularly valuable sources. You may use images credited to Tony Gunton provided that you attribute them to him, and if possible provide a link to this website.