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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

County Recorders


The Recorders compile and maintain detailed records of Essex flora, fauna and geology. They welcome records from members, specialists and other naturalists and these should include species, date of observation, location, name of recorder, who identified the species and, where possible, a six-figure grid reference and any habitat or other relevant ecological data. They will also assist with identification and answer queries on their subjects but where a written reply is necessary please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. If no contact details are given here please contact us.

The data are maintained to a high level of scientific integrity by our specialist county recorders, many of whom are national recording scheme organisers or recognised national specialists, a task we have undertaken in its current form for 60 years.


Flowering Plants & Bryophytes: K.J. Adams BSc, PhD, 63 Wroths Path, Baldwins Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1SH. Tel. 020 8508 7863

Veteran trees: M.W. Hanson, 3 Church Road, Boreham, Essex CM3 3EG.

Freshwater Algae: Miss J.H. Belcher PhD, DSc

Marine Algae (seaweeds): I Tittley, Department of Botany, Natural History Museum, London.

Myxomycetes: M.J. Gregory

Fungi: Tony Boniface, 40 Pentland Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 4AZ

Lichens: J. Skinner; email


Bumblebees: Professor E. Benton, 13 Priory Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 2PY

Coleoptera: P.M. Hammond PhD; email

Diptera: D.A. Smith; email

Diptera (Larger Brachycera): N.R. Harvey BSc, MIEEM; email

Diptera (Syrphidae - hoverflies): R.G. Payne MSc, MIBiol, 11 Cliff Avenue, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex SS0 7AJ; email

Freshwater Invertebrates: Tony Walentowicz BSc., PhD; Tel: 01245 350016; email:

Galls: J.P. Bowdrey, Hill Cottage, 10 Dennys Lane, Kelsale, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2PD; email

Heteroptera: P. Kirby PhD; email

Hymenoptera: P.R. Harvey BSc, 32 Lodge Lane, Grays, Essex RM16 2YP;

Lepidoptera (butterflies): Rob Smith, 165a Warley Hill, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3AG Tel: 01277 262460; email:

Lepidoptera (moths) receiver for records only: P.R. Harvey BSc;

Marine invertebrates: S. Taylor, Fiddlesticks, 44 Strawberry Lane, Tolleshunt Knights, Essex CO5 0RX; email

Mollusca: S. Taylor, Fiddlesticks, 44 Strawberry Lane, Tolleshunt Knights, Essex CO5 0RX; email

Neuroptera: C.W. Plant BSc, FRES; email

Odonata: Professor E. Benton; email

Orthoptera: Tim Gardiner BSc, PhD, FBNA, Environment Agency, Fisheries, Recreation & Biodiversity (FRB), Iceni House, Cobham Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9JD; email

Spiders and other Arachnida: P.R. Harvey BSc; email

Woodlice: P.R. Harvey BSc; email


Bats: J. Dobson; email

Other Mammals: J.P. Wright, 47 Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. SS9 1NH; email

Reptiles & Amphibians: Gemma Fairchild, The Forge, Mundon, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6PB Tel: 01621 742669; email


Geology: G.R. Ward BSc, DipGeochem, AMA, FGS, FMinSoc