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Essex Field Club
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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are open today

We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
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Record comb-footed spider
Record Wasp Spider
Record Garden Spider Record Nigma walckenaeri spider


New courses in 2017

We can take payments online for non-FSC and non-Buglife/EWT courses through PayPal or credit cards. If options are listed, select the option and click the link below. Then please also email to confirm your booking.

We are also running seven non-residential Field Studies Council courses, events still to run as detailed below, at the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH in partnership with the Epping Forest FSC Centre. Bookings and payment will be handled by the Epping Forest Field Centre, either on line via the FSC website link or by phone call ( 020 8502 8500) or letter to Epping Forest Field Centre, High Beach, Loughton IG10 4AF.

Date of courseCourse TitleCostDetailsTutor & Booking
Sat Sep 2nd 2017Open Mosaic Habitat Brownfield AssessmentNon-residential £39, 20% reduction to members of the Essex Field ClubIntroduction to the assessment of Open Mosaic Habitat (OMH) brownfield habitat with a focus on invertebrates in the Thames Gateway region. You will learn how to recognise OMH habitat, how to identify features of importance and see examples of Priority and other rare species associated with the habitat. There will be a visit to nearby examples of OMH habitats and discussion on their assessment using the open mosaic habitat survey form.

This is an introductory course to Open Mosaic Habitat (OMH) brownfield habitat and its assessment, but attendees should have some basic knowledge of ecology. Please note the venue for this course is The Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Essex. This course is led by the Essex Field Club in partnership with Epping Forest Field Centre.

It runs from 10.00 to 16.30; please bring a packed lunch.

Tutor: Peter Harvey. Places: 20. Book with FSC, details above.

Peter Harvey is an invertebrate specialist with an interest in OMH brownfield habitats and the reasons for their importance. He runs the national recording scheme for spiders and is Essex County Recorder for several invertebrate groups. He is a Past President of the Essex Field Club, runs their website and is part of the Editorial Team for the Essex Naturalist.

Sat Nov 25th 2017Light Microscopy for BotanistsNon-residential £42, 20% reduction to members of the Essex Field ClubThis one day hands-on course is intended to enable participants to get the best out of a microscope for observation or for measurement, and is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who want to improve their microscope techniques. Each participant will have individual access to both a stereozoom-dissecting and a high-power compound microscope, and be introduced to a range of optical and slide making techniques including chromosome preps. Multistack imaging with Helicon Focus will also be demonstrated. Course fee includes lunch at the Wat Tyler cafe.Tutor: Ken Adams. Places: 14. Book with FSC, details above

Ken Adams is BSBI, BBS and Essex Field Club: Higher Plant, Fern and Bryophyte recorder for Essex. He co-authored the second Flora of Essex (1974) and is working on a third Flora of the county.