View from the spit of salt marsh extending to the South West of Ray Island. Photograph by Glyn Barker

A walk to Ray Island has been organised for noon on July 13, with a second visit on July 27 in view of the expected demand (numbers are limited to 15 per trip, on a first come first served basis).  Sturdy footware will be required: participants will be asked to make a minimum charitable donation of £2.

Ray Island, which is situated in the Strood, has literary connections with Sabine Baring-Gould’s Mehalah.  It is currently owned by the National Trust and managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.

To reserve a place on one of the trips, contact Marica Frost by leaving a message on the telephone number indicated for her in the Mistral.