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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are open today

We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
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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: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com or dougal.urquhart@essex.gov.uk
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 
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 grayspeterharvey@gmail.com 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 grayspeterharvey@gmail.com 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: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
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
Sat Jun 3rd 201711:00Botany Group. Harlow, Stort Valley marshes.Meet Burnt Mill Lock car park, Harlow. TL445,112 . CM20 2PS.Leader: Ken Adams. Please book: 020 8508 7863 Mobile: 07773 492260
Thu Jun 8th 201710:30 Botany Group. Meet TQ682822, W side of Stanford-le-Hope railway station on Fenchurch-Southend line via Grays, Park in nearby streets, Packed lunch.Mary Smith book on 01708 228921, mobile on day 07903 052095.
Sat Jun 10th 201711:00Botany Group. Burnham -on-Crouch. Monads TQ95-6,97. Meet Dammer Wick Farm, Marsh Road. TQ962,969 CMO8NB.Leader: Marion Miller Mobile: 07922034398
Tue Jun 13th 201710:30Botany Group. TQ6883 currently has 6 records, from long ago, maybe before the town of Stanford-le-Hope was built. So let us go there to see what we can find. Mainly suburban, with A13 if we feel brave enough. Railway too, but hard to access! Meeting point the small roundabout at TQ6869,8305. Car parking in nearby roads. Bring lunch.Mary Smith book on 01708 228921, mobile on day 07903 052095.
Sat Jun 17th 201711:00General Meeting. Noakes Grove Nature Reserve, Redgates Lane, Sewards End, TL 571 388; Meet in Car Park at reserve. Map at Organic Countryside website. Packed Lunch.David Corke 01799599576, Mobile on day 07583076790. Email david@corke.biz
Wed Jun 21st 201719:15 for 19:30Basildon Hatural History Society & Wickford Wildlife Society. Midsummer Day Walk: Meet at Greyhound PH, Magpie Lane, Little Warley, Brentwood CM13 3DZ. Parking at PH allowed if refreshments are to be bought after walk. 
Sat Jun 24th 201710:30General Meeting, Friends of the Flitch Way and Associated Woodlands with EFC. Dunmow Cutting and board walk, map references TL 6094 2146 (Buttleys Lane) to TL 6230 2161 (Dunmow bypass). Parking is very limited and only a few spaces are available down Buttleys Lane so it is best if people car share. Alternative parking: * TL610 211. Rest area off southern carriageway of A120 between Dunmow South (B1008) and Dunmow west (B1256) junctions. You can climb the gate and to Buttleys Lane track, over the A120 bridge which leads to Dunmow Cutting. * TL 615 219. Tesco car park in Dunmow. Walk along B1256 pavement towards Bishops Stortford and then turn left down Buttleys Lane. * TL 603 213 High Cross Lane East car park (limited spaces). Walk along the Flitch Way bridle path east towards Great Dunmow (signposted National Cycle Network 16) this will lead you to the junction with Buttleys Lane * TL 611 217 Long layby on the B1256 between Buttleys Lane and the Tesco roundabout.John Cooke: Email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com; Phone 01708 223477; Mobile on day 0794 1507549.
Sat Jul 1st 201711. 00amGeneral meeting. Twinsteadhall Wood, an ancient woodland with a good number of veteran pollards on the wood bank boundaries, numerous ponds etc . Parking at surfaced timber yard TL858355, accessed along a short surfaced track from Lorkins Lane, turn onto track at TL861354.Please contact Peter Harvey if attending: 01375 371571 Email: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Tue Jul 4th 201710:30Botany Group & LNHS. Stow Maries Marshes (N side of Crouch). Meet Wickford Station (from Liverpool Str.) Cars needed.TQ745,936. SS12 OAD.Leader: Tim Pyner Please book: 01702 580402. Mobile: 07516 812404.
Sat Jul 8th 201710:00Basildon Hatural History Society: Butterfly Safari. Meet at 10:00 at One Tree Hill Car Park 
Sat Jul 15th 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 grayspeterharvey@gmail.com Tel: 01375 371571
Sat Jul 22nd 20179:00 - mid-dayGeological Group. Highwood Quarry, Easton Park Estate, Dunmow, London Clay, Kesgrave Gravels, Lowestoft Till Hard hats and hi-vis jackets necessary (limited number will be available on day) Meet at SMC Quarry access Road, off B1256, east of A120. (turn off between Takeley and Dunmow)Peter Allen (01 992 630661). Check beforehand with Peter that visit is confirmed
Sat Jul 29th 201711:00Botany Group. Thorndon Park North. Meet visitor centre car park. TQ607,914. CM133RZ.Leader: Marion Miller Mobile: 07773 492260
Sat Aug 19th 201711:00Botany Group. . St. Lawrence Bay marshes. Meet in the Stone car park at TL952,060. Close to CM0 7NT.Leader: Marion Miller Mobile: 07922034398
Sun Aug 20th 201711am - 5pmThe Essex Natural History Show. Activities taking place at: The Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH. Free Entry and car parking! 
Tue Aug 22nd 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: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sat Sep 2nd 201711.00Botany Group. Thameside Nature Park and sea walls TQ69,78-79-80. Park at EWT Centre, Mucking Warf Road, Stanford le Hope. TQ6965,8064. SS17ORW.Leader: Enid Barrie Mobile: 07941154538
Sat Sep 9th 201711:00Botany Group. CANCELLED. POSTPONED. CONTACT KEN ADAMS IF INTERESTED IN NEW DATE. Hatfield Forest Lake to search for Potamogetons & Stoneworts by boat. Meet in Shell House Car Park. CM22 6NELeader: Ken Adams. Please book: 020 8508 7863 Mobile: 07773 492260
Sat Sep 16th 201711:00General Meeting. Noakes Grove Nature Reserve, Redgates Lane, Sewards End, TL571388; Meet in Car Park at reserve; Map at Organic Countryside website; Packed Lunch.David Corke 01799599576, Mobile on day 07583076790. Email david@corke.biz
Sat Sep 16th 201714:00Cancelled. CANCELLEDLeader: Ian Tittley Please book: 01227 365671 Mobile: 0781 829 2936
Sat Sep 23rd 201710:30Fungus Group. Tiptree Heath. Meet in car park off B1022 at TL883 147. Packed lunch.John Cooke please book on 01708 223477, mobile on the day 07941507549 email jhc@johocooke.plus.com


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