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Essex Field Club
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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are normally open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays 11am-4pm, check. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-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

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Soken Wood, KIRBY-LE-SOKEN , Tendring District, TM220223, General geological site

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Soken Wood

Soken Wood is a relatively new native broadleaved woodland created in November 2000. Because of the wood’s close proximity to The Naze, which is rich in fossil plants from the London Clay, part of the site has been planted up with exotic species of prehistoric origin. The trees planted are stands of monkey-puzzle and ginkgo, with individual specimens of witch hazel, magnolia, oriental plane, tulip tree and dawn redwood.

Soken Wood is owned by The Woodland Trust and is open at all times. There is an information board and parking.

A giant, mature monkey-puzzle tree is nearby in the private grounds of Kings Farm on Sneating Hall Lane (TM 204 219). It can be seen clearly from the road.

A 28 millimetre (one inch) long fossilised leafy shoot from a monkey puzzle tree (Araucarites) found in the London Clay. It is preserved in pyrite and over 50 million years old. A small grove of these ‘living fossils’ can be seen at Soken Wood. Photo © The Palaeontological Association.


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Reference: Collinson 1983 (p.68-69)

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