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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
Early Summer recording Record Red-and-Black Froghopper Record Lavender Beetle
Record Stag Beetle
Record Misumena crab spider
Record Lily Beetle
Record Swollen-thighed Beetle Record Zebra Spider

Interesting Places

Here are some random sample locations of interest in Essex. Also take a look at sites shown on our sites map, geology site map and brownfield site map, with the site account and locate site facility.


locate Hatfield Forest
The Last Forest (Oliver Rackham, 1989), with all the elements of a medieval Forest, an early acquisition by the National Trust.

locate Ingrebourne Valley
The best remaining river valley marshland in Greater London, with other important habitats adjacent or nearby including some excellent brownfield and Thames Terrace Grassland areas.

locate Glemsford Pits (disused railway line)
old railway track with friable sandy banks and adjacent lichen heath surrounded by sallow and willow with a series of old sand/gravel extraction extraction workings (SSSI) mostly wooded. The old Railway Bed supports an exceptional diversity of Plants species including both Nationally Scarce species, many of which provide valuable nectar sources for Bees and are host species to a number of regionally, Nationally declining invertebrate... (Species List to follow). The Site also supports significant Bat Populations. Analysis of Bat recordings for the location are genuinely Species Rich with 9 of the UK's 17 Species regularly recorded. Excellent site well worth a visit. One Essex hide Gems

locate Hunts Hill, Belhus Woods Country Park
Old sand workings with sand exposures, flower rich areas, a small area of lichen heath, sparsely vegetated ground and lakes. Drought stressed oaks occur at several locations at the site. Access by car is via BWCP car park (which see), but footpaths are also close by.

locate Goshems Farm, Tilbury
This is the site of a very old landfill site dating back to Victorian times. It is highly probable that tipping ceased in 1958 when a change in ownership occurred. There was a long continuity of cattle grazing until at least 1997, as indicated by the presence of an important population of the UKBAP Hornet Robber Fly, discovered in the mid 1990s. The sandy shoreline is unprecedented as a habitat in the Thames estuary, together with a section of low chalky cliff.

locate Copley Plain, Epping Forest
Copley Plain is a sloping, open area of Bracken, Heather and grasses surrounded by ancient Beech wood-pasture

locate Garnetts Wood
An important ancient woodland with Small-leaved Lime.

locate Lodge Farm, Witham
Common pipistrelle and possible soprano pipistrelle transitional/occasional (non-breeding) roost utilised by a small number of bats (max 3 recorded). These roosts are associated with confirmed lifted tiles on the north gable end of the farmhouse, and potentially other lifted tiles on north and west elevations.