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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 Ivy Bee
Record Wild Teasel
Record Sloe, Blackthorn
Record Garden Spider Record Nigma walckenaeri spider

Courses

New courses in 2018

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 some 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 May 26th 2018Spider identification courseNon-residential £45, 20% reduction to members of the Essex FieIntroduction to the British families within the Araneae (spiders). You will learn how to recognise these spiders to family level, gain an insight into their varied biology and become familiar with the field techniques required to find them. There will be plenty of time to search for spiders in the Centre's extensive grounds, but also the opportunity to examine specimens more critically under the microscope and use identification keys, including copies of the Collins Field Guide to Spiders. This is an introductory course to the group Araneae, but attendees should have some basic knowledge of invertebrates.

This course runs from 10.00 to 16.00.

Please bring packed lunch.

Tutor: Peter Harvey. Places: 14. Book with FSC, details above
Sat Aug 4th 2018Introducing MolluscsNon-residential £45, 20% reduction to members of the Essex Field ClubA one-day course primarily aimed at beginners, providing an introduction to this large and varied Phylum of invertebrates. While giving a background to all kinds of mollusc, the focus will be on those most commonly encountered in Britain, including terrestrial and aquatic (freshwater, brackish and marine) species, with a field session on how and where to look for specimens, followed by identifying them to group and then to species. A fold-out sheet on British landsnails produced by the Conchological Society will be available at the cost price of £1 each.

Please note the venue for this course is the Green Centre in Wat Tyler Country Park Pitsea, Essex SS16 4UH. Please bring a packed lunch.

Tutor: Simon Taylor. Places: 14. Book with FSC, details above.

Simon Taylor is a County Recorder for molluscs and National Recorder of marine molluscs for the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, also providing verification for reports via the National Biodiversity Network online iRecord service. He has many years of experience in surveying molluscs and organising/leading field excursions for groups.

Fri Aug 10th 2018Saltmarshes: Botany & EcologyNon-residential £53, 20% reduction to members of the Essex Field ClubThis course covers the recognition and identification of the higher plants of saltmarsh and saline dyke habitats and the zonation of saltmarsh vegetation. Participants will be able to explore the extensive saltmarshes surrounding the Wat Tyler Country Park and work together on recording transects across the saltings. The level is suitable for beginners, for which the FSC foldout chart Saltmarsh Plants of Britain will be supplied, together with more specialized illustrated keys to critical genera for more advanced participants.

This course runs from 09.45 to 17.00 and the course price includes FSC foldout 'Saltmarsh Plants of Britain' and lunch at the Wat Tyler Cafe. Saltmarshes: Botany and Ecology @ The Green Centre is led by The Essex Botanical Society in collaboration with Epping Forest Field Centre. The venue for this course is the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Essex SS16 09.45 Registration and refreshments at the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park

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 the third Flora of the county.

Sat Nov 17th 2018Light Microscopy for BotanistsNon-residential £50, 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.