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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are normally open to the public at every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
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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; peter.allen6@virgin.net
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: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com or dougal.urquhart@essex.gov.uk
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 fiona.77h@hotmail.com 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: simon.wood27@gmail.com. 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 jhc@johocooke.plus.com beforehand so that we can confirm numbers the day before
Sat Jun 2nd 201811:00General Meeting. Wallasea Island. Come and help record the old and newly developing habitats at this extensive site. The Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe. Meet at Grapnell's Farm, Wallasea Island, Creeksea Ferry Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 2HD grid ref: TQ942947.Peter Harvey, email grayspeterharvey@gmail.com Tel: 01375 371571
Tue Jun 5th 201819:00 approxMoth Group. Lexden Springs - meet at the northern end of Spring Lane, layby parking available, approx grid reference TL971252. 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: simon.wood27@gmail.com. The start time may vary, and is weather dependent so it is vital to check with Simon beforehand.
Sat Jun 9th 201810.30General Meeting. Carver Barracks. Meet at layby opposite TL566343, permission needed to enter barracks so book ahead with leader, Packed LunchFiona Hutchings. Please book with on fiona.77h@hotmail.com well ahead so that civilian numbers can be passed on to the barracks
Sun Jun 10th 201811:00-13:00Colchester Natural History Society. CBC Lexden Park walk. Meet at the car park off Church Lane. This site has a mix of wildflower meadow, woodland and a lake, with an area of scheduled ancient monument that dates back to the late Iron Age. Join the Ranger, Carla Davis, on a 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.Carla on 01206 853588 or 07866553879
Tue Jun 12th 201819:00Colchester Natural History Society. Evening visit to EWT Weeleyhall Wood, Weeley. We will meet at the car park by the church in Church Lane at approximately TM15422148. From there we will walk to the wood. Usually parts of the wood are quite muddy, so wellingtons may be advisable, although in the autumn of 2017 we were surprised by how dry the ground was. In the autumn, we visited Weeleyhall Wood to look at some of the mosses and liverworts to be found there. We will return for this late spring/early summer visit. Some of the plants to look out for include yellow archangel and climbing corydalis, as well as a range of ferns. There is also the chance of hearing a singing nightingale. CNHS Chairman Sven Wair. For further information ring 07504095352
Sat Jun 16th 201810:30General Meeting. Mill Green Common. Off road parking at TL 638 012 opposite the Cricketer's Pub but the entrance is concealed from the road until you are close to it. Packed lunch.Graham Smith Please book 01277 354034.
Tue Jun 19th 2018Check Start TimeMoth Group. Gosbecks - meet in public carpark close to roundabout at junction of B1022 Maldon Road and Cunobelin Way, approx grid reference TL967228 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: simon.wood27@gmail.com. The start time may vary, and is weather dependent so it is vital to check with Simon beforehand.
Thu Jun 21st 201810:30Botany Group with BNHS. Lee Chapel South. Monad TQ6987, Meeting at TQ692879 near the western end of 'The Knares' parking in 'Ardleigh' to the North or 'Gaynesford' to the South, approx 1km East of Laindon station, Packed Lunch.Mary Smith 01708 228921 or m.smith33gpf@gmail.com
Sat Jun 23rd 201810:30-15:30Colchester Natural History Society. CBC High Woods Country Park Wild Walk. Join Ted Benton, President of CNHS, looking at plants, birds, insects and any other wildlife on this pleasant walk through the park. Suitable for those who want to learn more about their local wildlife, to brush up on their ID skills or to share their knowledge with others. Bring a packed lunch if staying for the whole session. Basic refreshments available from the visitor centre.For further information call Site Ranger, Sonya Lindsell, on 07770814282. Meet at the Country Park Visitor Centre, Turner Road CO4 5JR. TL999 270. FREE, just turn up, no booking required.
Sun Jun 24th 201810:30Colchester Natural History Society. EWT Iron Latch Meadow NR near Eight Ash Green. Meet at Halstead Road layby TL956254. - lunch, bring sandwiches. A morning visit to this small but species-rich meadow, which the CNHS played a major part in both clearing scrub from and having it declared a nature reserve in the 1980s. This acid-neutral grassland supports five plant species that are scarce in Essex. Our leader will be volunteer warden David Baker, who found this meadow in 1982 and will talk about the history of the meadow as we wander round. We will follow this up with an optional afternoon visit to the nearby Woodland Trust Fordham Hall Estate.Contact Leader David Baker on 01206 242059 for further information.
Sun Jun 24th 201813:30Colchester Natural History Society. WT Fordham Hall Estate. Meet at the Woodland Trust car park TL928287. David will take us on a walk around this relatively new Woodland Trust acquisition. A fine mixture of trees, scrub and grassland supporting bee orchids, pyramidal orchids and a range of other interesting plant species. led by David Baker (01206 242059) who can answer any queries.
Sat Jun 30th 201811:00General Meeting. Mann Wood, Great and Little Leighs. At the invitation of owner David Boyle, Fairstead Hall. A truffle was recorded there in the late 1960s.The wood is mainly in 74,17 but extends into 74,16, 73,16 and 73,17. David will meet us promptly at 11.00 in the parking area at the end of the long drive from Boreham Road beside Bishop's Hall Farm CM3 1PP at the entrance to the wood at 74198,17060. Packed Lunch.Ken Adams. 0208 508 7863 or on the day 07773 493260.
Tue Jul 3rd 2018Check Start TimeMoth Group. Spring Lane Nursery - meet at gates to Colchester BC Spring Lane nursery. This is just off the roundabout at the junction of the A12 and A133 Cymbeline Way. If coming north down the A12 sliproad, Spring Lane is the first turning off the roundabout (A133 is the second). Approx grid reference TL972255. 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: simon.wood27@gmail.com. The start time may vary, and is weather dependent so it is vital to check with Simon beforehand.
Sat Jul 7th 201810:30General Meeting. Hadleigh Great Wood, Packed Lunch, The meeting point would be at the entrance in Warren Road. 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
Sat Jul 7th 201810:30-16:00Botany Group. Thorndon Park Meet 10:30 Brentwood Stn (TQ593930, NR L'pool St). Cars needed. Joint with the Essex Botanical Society and the Essex Field Club.Ken Adams 0208 508 7863 or on the day 07773 493260.
Sun Jul 8th 201810:30ERMS and EFC. Walton on the Naze, EWT Visitor Centre, CO14 8LE, parking at centre.Gerald Lucy (07512 156579)
Sun Jul 8th 201811:00-13:00Colchester Natural History Society. Hilly Fields Local Nature Reserve Butterfly and Summer Insects Walk. Meet the Ranger and CNHS at the Sussex Road entrance. This is a varied site with acid grassland, hay meadows, secondary woodland with scrub areas and a wetland area on the north side. Join us to see what insects can be found on the wing. Please bring binoculars and any identification books or field guides you may have with you. WearCarla on 01206 853588 or 07866553879
Sat Jul 14th 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. This is our annual mid-summer visit to Marks Hall to monitor butterflies in particular, but also to look at the wider range of plants and insects found throughout this very varied estate. As usual this visit will be led by Society President Ted Benton, who knows the site well and has long been involved with reintroductions of several species of butterflies there.Further information from Ted on 01206 867321.


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