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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 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
Sun Jan 1st 201710:00Basildon Natural History Society. Annual walk around Marks Hill and Hoppit Shaw. Meet at 10:00 am at Delmores car park SS16 6LRBooking not necessary.
Sat Feb 11th 201711:30Basildon Natural History Society - Birdwatch. Two Tree Island. Meet at first car park on the left after crossing the creek bridge. Nearest postcode SS9 2GBBooking not necessary
Sat Feb 11th 201710:30Essex Field Club with Essex Rock and Mineral Society. Globe Pit, Little Thurrock (subject to confirmation from Natural England) Check beforehand with Peter that visit is confirmed. Site clearance and observation of Grays Brickearth. Hard hats and gloves recommended. Tools provided but please bring secateurs, loppers, etc. if possible. Meet at corner of Newburgh Road and Rectory RoadPeter Allen (01 992 630661) [078 31 004 303 - use on day only] Check beforehand with Peter that visit is confirmed
Sun Feb 12th 201710:30-17:00Essex Moth Group annual meeting. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler C.P. Lunch and refreshments £7 on the day. Please book. Guest speakers, slide shows, specimen displays.Essential to contact Peter Harvey or Dougal Urquhart if attending: Email: or
Sat Feb 18th 201710:00-16:00Essex Gem and Mineral Show. Organised by the Essex Rock and Mineral Society. North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row RM5 3QT. Visitors welcome. Free parking but come early. 
Sat Mar 11th 201714:00-17:00Essex Field Club Spring Meeting and AGM. Hall of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Melbourne Ave. North side Chelmsford CM1 3DU. TL689,083 
Sat Mar 18th 20179:30 - 16:30FSC Course: Identifying Spring Moths . Field Studies Centre - Flatford Mill Using live moth traps (set the evening before the course in different habitats) to catch a sample of the moths on the wing overnight. Once the traps are emptied and the animals safely stored in plastic pots, You will be introduced to the challenges of identifying macro-moths (the larger ones!) down to species. Book via FSC http://www.field-studies-council.orgEdward Jackson
Sun Apr 23rd 201711:00Essex Field Club with Essex Rock and Mineral Society and the Geologists Assoc. Walton-on-the-Naze. Red Crag and London Clay Meet at the new Naze Visitor Centre near the Naze TowerGerald Lucy (07512 156579)
Thu Apr 27th 201711:00Botany Group. East Mersea for sea wall and saltings. Meet in car park corner of Ivy Lane. TM0665,1531.Leader: Ken Adams. Please book: 020 8508 7863
Sat May 6th 201711:00General Meeting. Rowney Wood. A large ancient oxlip wood which was planted up with conifers in the 1950s but has now to a large degree been returned to native deciduous by the Forestry Commission. In need of some up-to-date survey for most groups. Park and meet in the layby near Carver Barracks at TL566343.Peter Harvey, email Tel: 01375 371571
Thu May 11th 2017eveningBasildon Hatural History Society: Members only: Fingringhoe nightingales. Evening Guided walk, about 1 mile, to hear these amazing birds. Meet at Visitor Centre, Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, South Green Road, Fingringhoe, CO5 7DN. Car sharing encouraged. Cost £6, must be booked and paid for in advance via Meetings Secretary as group size is limited, closing date 12 April. No charge for early arrival at FingringhoeContact Meetings Secretary: Mavis Waylett, 01268 544856
Sat May 13th 201711:00General 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: TQ942947Peter Harvey, email Tel: 01375 371571
Tue May 16th 201710.30amGeneral meeting: Chatham Green. Meet in car park at CM3 3FE. Monads TL7116 and TL7115. The Chatham Green Project is a conservation and education initiative on 400 acres of farmland in the heart of Essex. There is a 40-acre conservation and education site intended to be a biodiversity haven. The site has one pond, old woodland and extensive new tree plantations, grass meadow, ancient hedgerows and the working farm has large field margins.Please contact Peter Harvey if attending: 01375 371571 Email:
Thu May 18th 201711:00Botany Group. Strethall Field TL48-9,41 for rare poppies, fumatories and meadow rue. Meet Howe Wood Cross Roads. Strethall. TL489,403.Leader: Ken Adams. Please book: 020 8508 7863 Mobile: 07773 492260
Sat May 20th 20179:30Geological Group. Bulls Lodge Quarry, Boreham, Chelmsford, London Clay, Kesgrave Gravels, Lowestoft Till. Please note corrected date. Our annual visit to this working quarry. Thick Boulder Clay deposited by an ice sheet contains derived fossils and erratics. The underlying Kesgrave Thames river gravels contain boulders from as far away as North Wales and south-west England and Hertfordshire Puddingstone. Meet 9.30am in the access road at the North Gate entrance to Police Air Support Unit by the USAF War memorial, off Cranham Road (TL 740127) or Sat Nav lat & long 51.786308, 0.522587 or postcode CM3 3BB is 400m east of gate. Turn in and park as near to the gate as possible, keeping to the left. If no room, stop in the farm entrance opposite. NOTE: this is a different meeting point from that used for all former visits. Wear strong boots, hard hat & hi viz jacket. No under-18s.Peter Allen (01 992 630661). Essential to advise Peter Allen if attending in case of late change of details. 01 992 630 661 (any time). 07 831 004 303 (use only on May 20)
Sun May 21st 201713:00Cancelled. CANCELLED Leader: Ian Tittley Please book: 01227 365671 Mobile: 0781 829 2936

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