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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
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Meetings ahead

DateRoute FinderVenueLeader
Sat Feb 22nd 2020 10:30-16:00Find routeEssex Moth Group annual meeting. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH. Lunch and refreshments on the day, £10 charge on the day. Essential to book in good time. Guest speakers, slide shows, specimen displays.Essential to let Peter Harvey (grayspeterharvey@gmail.com;) or Dougal Urquhart (dougalurquhart57@gmail.com;) know in good time beforehand if you intend coming.
Sat Mar 7th 2020 10.00 - 12.00 a.m.Find routeThe Chalk Walk (Field Course). Meet at car park, Chafford Gorges Essex Wildlife Centre, Drake Road, Grays RM16 6RW. The Centre is served by Ensign bus 33. Cost: free to Essex Field Club members (booking essential).

The walk will look at the Chalk but also what happened after it was deposited, uplifted by continental drift, followed by extreme conditions of desert and of glacial permafrost; when the Thames flowed westwards along Warren Lane; when it flowed eastwards across Mill Lane and its banks were occupied by Neanderthal humans. This will be a look-see visit with no realistic chance of collecting fossil material. Unfortunately there is rough ground in places and the Walk will not be suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Contact Peter Allen, peter.allen6@virgin.net
Sat Mar 14th 2020 14:00-17:00Find routeEssex Field Club Spring Meeting and AGM. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH. 
Sat Mar 28th 2020 10am start, all dayFind routeTerrestrial Molluscs: Snails and Slugs (Field Course). Chalkney Woods near Earls Colne. Park at the lay-by at the wood entrance from Tey Road just south of Ivy Cottage TL874274 postcode CO6 2LD. Cost: free to Essex Field Club members (booking essential)

A day with County recorder and current Club President Simon Taylor, during which you will learn how to differentiate and recognise the major groups of terrestrial Mollusca and identify a range of species. Laminated fold-out identification guides will be available (cost £2); it is advisable to bring a hand lens. Please also bring a packed lunch.

Contact: Simon Taylor, abmanuk@hotmail.com
Sun May 3rd 2020 10:30Find routeGeneral Meeting. Little Belhus Country Park, Arisdale Road, South Ockendon, RM15 5SJ (opposite “Next” distribution centre, close to South Ockendon rail station). Former landfill being turned into a Country Park with older areas; woodland, meadows and ponds; part is a Local Wildlife Site for invertebrates. Meet in car park just off main road (TQ587826; 6ft height barrier); some parking on road.Contact: Yvonne Couch, email j_couch@sky.com
Thu May 14th 2020 10.30Find routeGeneral meeting. Phyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs. This EWT reserve has diverse habitats, with grassland, a lake, woodland and ditches, sloping down to a tributary of the River Ter. The Chelmsford Draft Local Plan contains a proposal for 750 houses bordering the reserve.Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sun May 17th 2020 11-2pmFind routeLadybirds and Shieldbugs (Field Course). RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1SZ Cost: free to Essex Field Club members (booking essential)

Rainham Marshes has a good variety of invertebrates, and we hope to see about 8 species of shieldbug and 8 of ladybirds (weather permitting), including some (Rambur’s pied and mottled shieldbugs, bryony and water ladybirds) which are less common elsewhere. All collecting equipment will be provided. Paths are good and suitable for less able people, including wheelchair and mobility scooter users (bring your own). There is ample parking, and a good cafe; the reserve is 15 min walk from Purfleet railway station.

Contact: Yvonne Couch, j_couch@sky.com
Sat Jul 4th 2020 10.30Find routeGeneral meeting. Phyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs. This EWT reserve has diverse habitats, with grassland, a lake, woodland and ditches, sloping down to a tributary of the River Ter. The Chelmsford Draft Local Plan contains a proposal for 750 houses bordering the reserve.Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sun Aug 9th 2020 11am - 5pmFind routeThe Essex Natural History Show. The Essex Natural History Show. Activities taking place at: the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH.Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sat Aug 15th 2020 11:00Find routeJoint General Meeting with the CNHS. Daws Hall Nature Reserve. In Essex on the Essex Suffolk border. Meet at Centre near parking, entrance TL 8871 3673.Neil Philips
Sun Sep 6th 2020 10:30Find routeGeneral Meeting. Little Belhus Country Park, Arisdale Road, South Ockendon, RM15 5SJ (opposite “Next” distribution centre, close to South Ockendon rail station). Former landfill being turned into a Country Park with older areas; woodland, meadows and ponds; part is a Local Wildlife Site for invertebrates. Meet in car park just off main road (TQ587826; 6ft height barrier); some parking on road.Contact: Yvonne Couch, email j_couch@sky.com
Tue Sep 29th 2020 10:30Find routeEFC Fungus group. Swan and Cygnet woods, and Hankin's wood, Stock. Optional Packed Lunch. Parking in small layby or on road at TQ688992.John Cooke email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com phone: 01708 223477
Fri Oct 2nd 2020 10:30Find routeEFC Fungus Group. Hylands Park. Park in new car park off A414, optional packed lunchTony Boniface Please book 01245 266316 Mobile on the day 07939 489729
Sun Oct 4th 2020 11:00Find routeEFC Fungus Group. Phyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs. EWT reserve. Optional Packed Lunch.eTony Boniface Please book 01245 266316 Mobile on the day 07939 489729
Sat Oct 17th 2020 10.30Find routeGeneral meeting. Phyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs. This EWT reserve has diverse habitats, with grassland, a lake, woodland and ditches, sloping down to a tributary of the River Ter. The Chelmsford Draft Local Plan contains a proposal for 750 houses bordering the reserve.Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Wed Oct 21st 2020 10:30Find routeEFC Fungus Group. Warley Place, Brentwood, Old garden of "Miss Wilmot" much neglected now. Entrance next to pub, small car park, optional packed lunch. Tony Boniface Please book 01245 266316 Mobile on the day 07939 489729
Sat Oct 24th 2020 10:45Find routeJoint meeting with Wickford Wildlife Soc. and Basildon Natural History Soc.. Fungal Foray a Hall & Coombe Wood, Langdon Hills Country Park. Park at Gravel Hill Wood Car Park, Gravel Hill, Basildon. SS16 6JA. Barbara and Richard Chapman
Sat Dec 5th 2020 11:00-16:00Find routeAnnual Exhibition & Social. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park SS16 4UH, TQ738, 865