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Meetings taken place

Date of meetingTime of meetingVenueLeader
Sat Feb 22nd 202010:30-16:00Essex 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 Feb 29th 202011:00EFC Members only visit to Natural History Museum. Directions to the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity: come into the Museum through the main doors on Cromwell Road & walk into Central Hall. Underneath the whale, facing the main stairs, head left down the corridor towards the dinosaur gallery. Walk to the far end of the corridor, into the Darwin Centre & down the stairs into the Darwin Centre atrium. Turn left at the bottom of the stairs, the glass door to the AMC will be on your left.

11am start in the AMC to give people time to get into London & into the Museum.

11:15-12:30 Introduction to the Museum and AMC & a look at some of the handling collections.

12:30 break for lunch & an opportunity for a bit of a Museum gallery explore

1:15 tour of the collections

2:00 demonstration of the photostacking equipment

2:45 discussion & questions

3:15 optional guided look at the historical cabinets on the mezzanine in central hall

Fiona Hutchings phone: 07581 178 707 email: efcmedia2019@gmail.com You must book with Fiona so that she can provide numbers to the Museum beforehand
Sat Mar 7th 202010.00 - 12.00 a.m.The 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, £10 for non 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
Sun Mar 8th 202010:00Sping Plants and Molluscs. Hadleigh Great Wood Meet at the Warren Road entrance TQ814874; postcode SS9 3TTSimon Taylor 07947 388180 or marine@conchsoc.org
Sat Mar 14th 202014:00-17:00Essex Field Club Spring Meeting and AGM. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH. 
Sat Mar 28th 202010am start, all dayTerrestrial Molluscs: Snails and Slugs (Field Course).
Postponed until further notice
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, £10 for non 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 Mar 29th 202010:00Essex Rock and Mineral Society .
Postponed until further notice
Maylandsea, Meet at end of North Lane CN3 6AG, To collect fossils from the Londin Clay
Jeff Saward via ERMS www.erms.org
Sat Apr 4th 202011:00General 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 202011:00Essex 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 20209:30Spring 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 202010:30General 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 202010:30EFC 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 202010.30General 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 202011-2pmLadybirds 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 202020:30CNHS 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 202010:30amGeneral 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 202010:30CANCELLED. 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 202021:00CNHS 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 202010:30Joint 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 202019:00CNHS 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 202010:30EFC 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 202010.30General 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 202010:30amGeneral 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


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