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Essex Field Club
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. 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

Meetings taken place

Date of meetingTime of meetingVenueLeader
Sat Jan 27th 201810:00ERMS and EFC. Lion Pit, Chafford Gorges, Thurrock, Essex. Meet at EWT Visitor Centre, Drake Road, RM16 6RG. TQ599793. Site clearance of SSSI; please bring secaturs, loppers, etc, if you can; stout footwear, gardening gloves recommended.Contact Peter Allen 01992 630661;
Sat Feb 10th 201810:30-17:00Essex Moth Group annual meeting. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH. Lunch and refreshments £7 on the day. Essential to book in good time. Guest speakers, slide shows, specimen displays.Essential to contact Peter Harvey or Dougal Urquhart in good time beforehand if attending: Email: or
Sat Mar 10th 201814:00-17:00Essex Field Club Spring Meeting and AGM. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH. 
Sun Mar 25th 201810:00ERMS and EFC. Maylandsea Essex. London Clay site, for fossil Crabs, Lobsters etc. Meet at end of Parade on East side of Lawling Creek TL908029Contact Jeff Saward, no booking required
Tue Apr 3rd 201810:30General Meeting. Carver Barracks. Parking in barracks or in layby opposite TL566343, permission needed to enter barracks so book ahead with leader, Packed LunchFiona Hutchings. Please book with on well ahead so that civilian numbers can be passed on to the barracks
Sat Apr 28th 201810:30Colchester Natural History Society. Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall. Marks Hall is well signed up from the A120. Meet at the Visitor Centre car park. An excellent tearoom is available or bring your own sandwiches.The first of several visits led by Ted Benton, aimed at enhancing the Estates database of records for all orders of flora and fauna. We hope as many members as possible will come along, so the range of plants, insects etc recorded can be as wide as possible. Marks Hall is a fine and varied Estate so we should find much to interest us.
Sun Apr 29th 201810:30-12:30Colchester Natural History Society. Hazeleigh Wood, Hazeleigh Hall Lane, Woodham Mortimer, CM9 6GT. TL834038 Join one of the owners, Maureen Bissell, and Carla Davis for a visit to this new site for us. For further information contact Carla on 07832286153. The wood is mentioned in the Domesday Book and is an ancient wood of mixed broadleaved trees with many associated species being recorded on site. At this time of year, the bluebells should be out and nightingales ought to be singing.For further information contact Carla on 07832286153 We will be guided round by Maureen Bissell, from 10:30am to 12:30pm, when they will offer tea and coffee with the chance to explore the site in the afternoon independently if you wish; they ask no picking or taking of specimens without permission. A donation of £2 per person is requested.
Sat May 5th 201814:00ERMS and EFC. National Geoscience Week. Essex Churches Project. Broomfield Church, Church Road, Broomfield.Ian and Ros Mercer
Sat May 12th 201810:30ERMS and EFC. National Geoscience Week. Marks Tey Brickworks Morning meeting. TL912241.Peter Allen (01 992 630661)
Sat May 12th 201814:00ERMS and EFC. National Geoscience Week. Cudmore Grove Country Park Afternoon meeting.Peter Allen (01 992 630661)
Sat May 12th 20185:30-7:340Colchester Natural History Society. Bird Song and Breakfast Event at CBC High Woods Country Park. Meet at the Country Park Visitor Centre, Turner Road CO4 5JR. TL999 270. Booking Essential on 01206 282920. £7.30 per person - £5 for CHNS members. Be up with the lark and experience this magical time of day as the sun rises. Learn to use your ears to ID birds of the park, although do bring binoculars if you have them. The walk of up to 3 miles will be lead by bird expert Simon Wood, author of The Birds of Essex. Enjoy a bacon roll and hot drink to finish (veggie option available).Further information from Site Ranger Sonya Lindsell on 01206 853588
Sat May 12th 201810:30Colchester Natural History Society. A joint meeting with the British Plant Gall Society and the British Entomological Natural History Society at Marks Hall Estate, Coggeshall. Marks Hall is well signed from the A120. Assemble at the Visitor Centre car park, entrance fees to the estate will be waived. An excellent tearoom is available or bring your own sandwiches. An opportunity to meet up with members of both organisations to explore a range of habitats at this excellent estate. The Estate is keen to expand on its biological data and given a good turnout we should be able to cover a wide range of groups. We will be accompanied by, amongst others, Jerry Bowdrey, representative of the BPGS/BENHS and CNHS member and Nigel Cuming, an active CNHS member and Coleoptera Recorder for the Society. An excellent opportunity to learn to identify plant galls and a range of other flora and fauna.For further information contact Nigel Cuming 01206 330019 (evenings).
Sun May 13th 201811:00-13:00Colchester Natural History Society. CBC Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve Walk. Meet off Spring Lane (off Lexden Road), at the main gate to the site, at the end of the footpath. The site comprises of two meadows, the upper meadow is species rich and lies on a north facing slope overlooking the Colne Valley, whilst the lower meadow is in the valley bottom. There is a mix of hedgerows and secondary woodland bordering the site. Join the Ranger Carla Davis on this two hour walk to find out what species are using the site. Please bring binoculars and any identification books or field guides you may have with you. Wear suitable/appropriate footwear for local conditions.Contact: Carla on 01206 853588 or 07866553879
Tue May 15th 201810:30General Meeting. Hadleigh Great Wood, Packed Lunch, The meeting point would be at the entrance in Warren Lane. Warren Road is accessible from Sanctuary Road which is off Woodlands Park, a continuation of Scrub Lane.Contact Roger Payne Home: 01702 301548 mobile: 07891484633
Tue May 15th 2018Check Start TimeMoth Group. Hilly Fields - meet at the northern end of Sussex Road at the gate to Hilly Fields, approx grid reference TL983252. If you bring your own moth trap, you will have to bring you own power supply from batteries etc.Simon Wood. mobile: 07970 805423 email: The start time may vary, and is weather dependent so it is vital to check with Simon beforehand.
Tue May 15th 201819:00-21:00Colchester Natural History Society. CBC Hilly Fields Local Nature Reserve with CNHS. Meet at the Sussex Road entrance off Lexden Road. We are on a mission to find out if the following flora are still growing on site: lesser chickweed, changing forget-me-not and leafy hawkweed - want to help us? Help will be given on what to look for. We will be recording other flora and fauna as well. Please bring field guides or identification books and any hand lenses you may have with you. Contact Carla Davis on 01206 853588 or 07866553879
Sat May 19th 201810:30General Meeting. Priory Fields. Parking in car park off Bicknacre road at TL786029, Football Club car park. Check the "Friends of priory Fields" website for more information. Packed LunchPlease contact John Cooke on 01708 223477 or beforehand so that we can confirm numbers the day before

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