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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkIn response to the coronavirus problem and the Government's recommendations, the EFC Green Centre public activities will be closed until further notice.

Meetings ahead

DateRoute FinderVenueLeader
dates to be confirmedFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Postponed until further notice
Middlewick Ranges Local Wildlife Site. Meetings are planned for May/June, July/August and October. We will only be able to confirm the field trip dates about a month in advance, due to the late advertising of firing times. The meeting place is at the footpath entrance opposite Wick Road at TM01602264. There is unrestricted parking available on Wick Road and Speedwell Road.

The site is diverse, with large areas of acid grassland, gorse and broom scrub, and a patch of relict heath. The site is most noted for its Hymenoptera, but the invertebrate and other interest is expected to be very high generally.

Contact Peter Harvey, grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sat Apr 4th 2020 11:00Find routeGeneral meeting.
Postponed until further notice
Wilderness Foundation at Chatham Green. Meet in car park at CM3 3FE TL7172 1576.
Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com
Sun Apr 19th 2020 11:00Find routeEssex Rock and Mineral Society.
Postponed until further notice
Walton on the Naze, park at the EWT visitor centre, packed lunch optional. Note change of leader for this meeting
Ian and Ros Mercer via ERMS www.erms.org
Sun Apr 19th 2020 9:30Find routeSpring Plants and Molluscs with the Wickford Wildlife Society.
Postponed until further notice
Hanningfield Reservoir. Meet at Wickford Central Council Car Park (next to the Co-op) SS12 9AJ TQ747934 from where we will travel on
Simon Taylor 07947 388180 or marine@conchsoc.org
Sun May 3rd 2020 10:30Find routeGeneral Meeting.
Postponed until further notice
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
Sat May 9th 2020 10:30Find routeEFC General Meeting.
Postponed until further notice
Hyde Hall RHS Gardens, car park at TQ778997. We can explore the areas outside the gardens as well as inside, with permission to visit the lake area accompanied. Optional packed lunch, or cafe.
John Cooke email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com phone: 01708 223477
Thu May 14th 2020 10.30Find routeGeneral meeting.
Postponed until further notice
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. Meet at reserve car park TL 723 182.
Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sun May 17th 2020 11-2pmFind routeLadybirds and Shieldbugs (Field Course).
Postponed until further notice
RSPB Rainham Marshes, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1SZ TQ547787 Cost: free to Essex Field Club members, £10 for non 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
Wed May 20th 2020 20:30Find routeCNHS with EFC and Essex Moth Group.
Postponed until further notice
Moth trapping event at Highwoods Country Park, Colchester. Meet at Highwoods Visitors Centre, off Turner Road. Postcode CO4 5JR at 8.30pm. The grid reference for the Turner Road entrance is TL997270. Bring your own moth traps and generators if you have them; if not please do come along anyway. This is a large site with many and varied habitats which is generally poorly known as far as the Lepidoptera are concerned so it could prove an interesting evening. Please not that these events are very weather dependent. Please keep an eye on social media and email groups nearer the time for up to date news
Contact Simon Wood at simon.wood27@gmail.com
Thu May 28th 2020 10:30amFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Postponed until further notice
An organic farm with a wide variety of wildlife. Parking for 10 cars in the farm yard at TQ607973, Heards Farm, Heards Lane, Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 0SF.
Contact Peter Harvey, email grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sat May 30th 2020 10:30Find routeCANCELLED. Joint meeting with LNHS. Mayesbrook Park, plant gall survey with Tommy Root and general meeting. Meet at Lodge Avenue car park (not sports centre car park) TQ465845. Nearest station Becontree, District Line (approx 1km walk). Bring lunch. No toilets.EFC members contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Wed Jun 3rd 2020 21:00Find routeCNHS with EFC and Essex Moth Group.
Postponed until further notice
Moth trapping event at Gosbecks Archaeological Park, Colchester. Meet in the car park off Maldon Road, nearest postcode CO3 0SH at 9.00pm. The grid reference for the car park is TL967228. Bring your own moth traps and generators if you have them; if not please do come along anyway. This site produced over 180 species in one evening in 2018; situated next to the Roman River Valley, the potential for interesting discoveries none-the-less remains very high. Please not that these events are very weather dependent. Please keep an eye on social media and email groups nearer the time for up to date news
Contact Simon Wood at simon.wood27@gmail.com
Sat Jun 20th 2020 10:30Find routeJoint meeting with LNHS.
Postponed until further notice
Mayesbrook Park, general meeting. Meet at Lodge Avenue car park (not sports centre car park) TQ465845. Nearest station Becontree, District Line (approx 1km walk). Bring lunch. No toilets.
EFC members contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Wed Jun 24th 2020 19:00Find routeCNHS with EFC and Essex Moth Group.
Postponed until further notice
Evening walk, followed by moth trapping event at Hazeleigh Wood, near Maldon. Meet in car park off Hazeleigh Hall Lane, nearest postcode CM9 6GT at 7pm. The grid reference for the car park is TL834038. The site is rather out of the way, so to speak. Just follow the postcode/grid reference details and you will eventually see a sandwich board on the left, about a mile along Hazeleigh Hall Lane that points you in to the car park. This is a private site and a small £2.00 contribution will be due. We must thank the owners Maureen and John Bissell for the invitation to this summer evening stroll around this almost unique working oak and hazel coppice woodland, first mentioned in the Doomsday Book. If the weather is kind this time of year can be particularly good for invertebrates and the odd late singing Nightingale (there were 14 singing in 2019) may serenade us. We will follow on with a moth trapping session so bring your own moth traps and generators if you have them; if not please do stay on after the walk. By this time, the Small Black Arches should be on the wing at its only site in Eastern England. Please not that these events are very weather dependent. Please keep an eye on social media and email groups neare
Contact Simon Wood at simon.wood27@gmail.com
Wed Jul 1st 2020 10:30Find routeEFC General meeting.
Postponed until further notice
Hyde Hall RHS Gardens, meet in car park at TQ778997. We can explore the areas outside the gardens as well as inside, with permission to visit the lake area accompanied. Optional packed lunch, or cafe.
John Cooke email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com phone: 01708 223477
Sat Jul 4th 2020 10.30Find routeGeneral meeting.
Postponed until further notice
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. Meet at reserve car park TL 723 182.
Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sat Jul 11th 2020 10:30amFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Postponed until further notice
An organic farm with a wide variety of wildlife. Parking for 10 cars in the farm yard at TQ607973, Heards Farm, Heards Lane, Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 0SF.
Contact Peter Harvey, email grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Wed Jul 15th 2020 20:30Find routeCNHS with EFC and Essex Moth Group.
Postponed until further notice
Moth trapping event at Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve, Colchester. Meet in the parking area to the side of Spring Road (South), nearest postcode CO3 4AN at 8.30pm. The grid reference of the parking area is TL971252. Bring your own moth traps and generators if you have them; if not please do come along anyway. A small reserve, but with many different habitats. We have trapped here a couple of times in the last three years but the weather has never been particularly kind. Let’s hope for a change in luck this year...Please not that these events are very weather dependent. Please keep an eye on social media and email groups nearer the time for up to date news
Simon Wood at simon.wood27@gmail.com
Sat Jul 18th 2020 9:30Find routeEssex Rock and Mineral Society.
Postponed until further notice
Bulls Lodge Quarry. We are uncertain of access or parking at the time of going to print so check back nearer the meeting date, also check the ERMS web site. packed lunch optional
Peter Allen via ERMS www.erms.org
Sun Aug 9th 2020 11am - 5pmFind routeThe Essex Natural History Show.
Postponed until further notice
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.
Postponed until further notice
Daws Hall Nature Reserve. In Essex on the Essex Suffolk border. Meet at Centre near parking, entrance TL 8871 3673.
Neil Philips neil_fal@yahoo.com
Sun Sep 6th 2020 10:30Find routeGeneral Meeting.
Postponed until further notice
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
Sun Sep 13th 2020 10:30Find routeEssex Rock and Mineral Society.
Postponed until further notice
Wrabness walk lead by Bill George, Meet and Park at Wrabness Church TM174318. Packed Lunch Optional
Bill George via ERMS www.erms.org
Tue Sep 29th 2020 10:30Find routeEFC Fungus group.
Postponed until further notice
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.
Postponed until further notice
Hylands Park. Park in new car park off A414, TL682042, optional packed lunch
Tony Boniface Please book 01245 266316 Mobile on the day 07939 489729
Sun Oct 4th 2020 11:00Find routeEFC Fungus Group.
Postponed until further notice
Phyllis Currie Reserve, Great Leighs. EWT reserve. Meet in EWT Car park TL722181, Optional Packed Lunch.
Tony Boniface Please book 01245 266316 Mobile on the day 07939 489729
Wed Oct 7th 2020 10:30Find routeEFC Fungus Group.
Postponed until further notice
Mill Green Common. Parking off Mill Gree Road at TL638012. Packed lunch
Graham Smith Please book 01277 354034.
Sat Oct 10th 2020 10:30Find routeEFC General meeting.
Postponed until further notice
Hyde Hall RHS Gardens, meet in car park at TQ778997. We can explore the areas outside the gardens as well as inside, with permission to visit the lake area accompanied. Optional packed lunch, or cafe.
John Cooke email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com phone: 01708 223477
Thu Oct 15th 2020 10:30amFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Postponed until further notice
An organic farm with a wide variety of wildlife. Meet and Park for 10 cars in the farm yard at TQ607973, Heards Farm, Heards Lane, Shenfield, Brentwood, CM15 0SF.
Contact Peter Harvey, email grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sat Oct 17th 2020 10.30Find routeGeneral meeting.
Postponed until further notice
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. Meet at reserve car park TL 723 182.
Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Wed Oct 21st 2020 10:30Find routeEFC Fungus Group.
Postponed until further notice
Warley Place, Brentwood, Old garden of "Miss Wilmot" much neglected now. meet at Entrance next to pub TQ583907, 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.
Postponed until further notice
Fungal Foray a Hall & Coombe Wood, Langdon Hills Country Park. Park and meet at Gravel Hill Wood Car Park, Gravel Hill, Basildon. SS16 6JA,TQ677863.
Leaders: Barbara and Richard Chapman. Please book 01268 765597. Mobile on the day 07742 291986.
Sat Nov 7th 2020 10:30Find routeEFC Fungus Group.
Postponed until further notice
Waxcap special. Starting from Fryerning Churchyard. TL 638 001. Packed lunch.
Tony Boniface Please book 01245 266316 Mobile on the day 07939 489729
Sat Dec 5th 2020 11:00-16:00Find routeAnnual Exhibition & Social.
Postponed until further notice
At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park SS16 4UH, TQ738, 865