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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

Courses

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 May 20th 2017Spider identification courseNon-residential £39, 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 Jul 8th 2017Introducing hoverfliesNon-residential £39, 20% reduction to members of the Essex Field ClubThis one day course will provide an introduction to hoverflies, probably the most popular and photogenic of flies. Many of them are common and can be found in gardens and this course will allow you to identify some of those you are most likely to come across. The course will include a mixture of class work and field activities. Please note the venue for this course is the Green Centre in Wat Tyler Country Park. Please bring a packed lunch.Tutor: Roger Payne. Places: 14. Book with FSC, details above.

Roger Payne has been interested in studying and recording hoverflies since the 1970s, when he was engaged in an MSc research project on their ecology. On moving to Westcliff in 1980, he worked as natural history curator at Southend Museum where he continued to record hoverflies, particularly in Essex. He is now retired but remains the hoverfly recorder for the Essex Field Club.

Sat Aug 5th 2017Introducing MolluscsNon-residential £39, 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.

Sat Aug 12th 2017Saltmarshes: Botany & EcologyNon-residential £42, 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.

Sun Aug 13th 2017Saltmarshes: Geology & EvolutionNon-residential £39, 20% reduction to members of the Essex Field ClubThis course of lectures and fieldwork covers the history and evolution of estuarine marshes, and the sea level rise induced changes in sedimentary environments from drowned fossil forests to saltings over the last 5,000 years at Erith marshes. We will also visit Greenland Quarry to examine estuarine changes during the course of the Purfleet interglacial (300,000bp). This course is led by the Essex Field Club in partnership with Epping Forest Field Centre and complements the course 'Saltmarshes: Ecology and Botany' which runs 12 August 2017 however attendance on both courses is not essential. This course runs from 08:45 to 17.00.

Please bring a packed lunch.

Tutor: Peter Allen. Places 14. Book with FSC, details above.

Peter Allen has worked on the Quarternary of the Lower Thames over the last 20 years, has co-authored 2 major papers on the Purfleet interglacial and contributed to 3 major field meetings on the Quarternary of the Lower Thames for the Quarternary Research Association. He also leads many field visits for the Open University Geological Society and Ostracod Research Group.

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.