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We are normally open to the public every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.
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Meetings taken place

Date of meetingTime of meetingVenueLeader
Tue Jan 1st 201910:00Basildon NHS. Annual walk around Marks Hill and Hoppit Shaw, SS16 6LR, meet at Delmores Car Park 
Sat Feb 23rd 201910:30-16:00Essex 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 contact Peter Harvey or Dougal Urquhart in good time beforehand if attending: Email: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com or dougal.urquhart@essex.gov.uk
Sat Mar 9th 201910:00Basildon NHS. BNHS Birdwatch at Thamesside Nature Park, Mucking Wharf Road, Stanford le Hope SS17 0RN 
Sat Mar 16th 201914:00-17:00Essex Field Club Spring Meeting and AGM. At the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH. 
Mon Mar 25th 201908:00Littoral invertebrate surveying. Southend Foreshore. Meet at the Three Shells Cafe, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE, Morning onlySimon Taylor book via 07947 388180 or abmanuk@hotmail.com
Sat Apr 13th 201910:00Molluscs and other invertebrates. Marks Hill Wood, Langdon Hills. Meet at the car park on Delmores, Langdon Hills (TQ682874). Bring packed lunch.Simon Taylor book via 07947 388180 or abmanuk@hotmail.com
Thu Apr 18th 201910:30General Meeting. HenHam Village woods. Henham Parish Council have bought woodland 1 mile outside of Henham which they would like us to survey, as well as the 7 ponds scattered throughout the village. Park in the High Street TL549285 at 1030am and survey the village before heading out to the woods in as few cars as possible as, there is not enough suitable parking places by the wood. The woodland strip is located at TL544274. As you come out of Henham on Mill Road the wood is on the right hand side opposite a haulage yard known as Hill Top Farm. There is a very straight public footpath which leads to Elsenham,it appears to be part of a disused railway line. This could form a circular walk for those who like a ramble (approx. 2.5 miles). Bring a packed lunch. There is a village shop which is open 9am-1pm and 2-430pm. The Cock Inn pub is open 12-3pm and 5-11pm.Email to confirm in advance efcsecretary2018@gmail.com
Sat Apr 27th 201910:00Basildon NHS. Bluebell Walk from St Mary's & All Saints Churck car park SS16 6HY 
Sat Apr 27th 201911:00amGeneral Meeting. Mann Wood, Great & Little Leighs. At the invitation of owner David Boyle, Fairstead Hall. Meet 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 TL74191706.Leader Ken Adams. 0208 508 7863 or 07773 493260.
Sun Apr 28th 201910:30General Meeting. General Meeting. Rainham Wildspace SSSI (TQ520819). Wildspace is part of the Inner Thames Marshes SSSI, and has reedbeds, hedgerows and general herbaceous/scrub. Meet at Rainham station, Ferry Lane, RM13 9HY (TQ521820), at 10.30 am. We then cross the railway to the entrance to Wildspace. Parking around the station and on Wennington Road (single yellow line is OK for parking on Sundays).Yvonne Couch; j_couch@sky.com; 07729867278
Sun May 5th 201910:00Molluscs and other invertebrates. Hainault Forest. Meet at the Camelot car park, Manor Road, Lambourne, opposite the Miller & Carter pub RM4 1NH (TQ478944). Bring packed lunch.Simon Taylor book via 07947 388180 or abmanuk@hotmail.com
Sat May 11th 201910:00-17:00RHS Hyde Hall Wildlife Weekend. RHS Hyde Hall gardens. Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, CHELMSFORD, CM3 8ET 
Sat May 11th 201911:00amGeneral meeting. Mann Wood. Great Leighs. General recording but especially bryophytes and lichens. Meet along track by Bishops Hall Farm TL7381,1683 (CM3 1PP) off Boreham Road - and owner David Boyle will open the gate for us to drive up into the wood. Bring packed lunch. Please book with Ken Adams.Leader Ken Adams. 0208 508 7863 or 07773 493260.
Sun May 12th 201910:00-17:00RHS Hyde Hall Wildlife Weekend. RHS Hyde Hall gardens. Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common, CHELMSFORD, CM3 8ET 
Wed May 15th 201910:30General Meeting. Dick Ball Meadow, Clavering TL477321 CB11 4QR Parking at the Fox and Hounds pub, Clavering. (Pub opens from 4pm weekdays and from 12pm weekends).Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com
Fri May 17th 201919:30-lateA wildlife extravaganza. will occur in the historic market town of Saffron Walden. From sunset there will be: - *torch searches for amphibians at Swan Meadow ponds, *a bat walk from Saffron Walden Museum, through the High Street to Swan Meadow and then onto Bridge End Gardens *moth trapping at Bridge End Gardens and Saffron Walden Museum. 
Thu May 23rd 201910:30Joint meeting with LNHS. 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
Sat May 25th 201910.30amGeneral meeting. Saxonbury Wood consists of 4 acres on the west side of Chantry Wood. This private ancient woodland has few records. Park to one side of the wooden five bar gate at TL839128 where there is parking for 2-3 cars or in Wickham Bishops, the village at the eastern end of Chantry Wood, a couple of hundred yards away along Witham Road. Please refer to your newsletter for more details.Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sat Jun 1st 201910:30General Meeting. Scotch Patch and Ellis Green TL602341 Starting at Scotch Patch -an orchard owned by the Walden Countryside CIC- we will work our way northwest along Ellis Green; a LoWS. A visit here will truly feel like being in the middle of nowhere! Park at Scotch Patch, turning is opposite Swallows Farm, Thaxted Road CB10 2XP.Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com
Thu Jun 6th 201910:30 - 16:00General Meeting. Carver Barracks Airfield TL565342 CB11 3JY. Meet at the layby for Rowney Woods. Bring a packed lunch.Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com well ahead so that civilian numbers can be passed on to the barracks
Fri Jun 7th 201919:30Evening for moths. Carver Barracks Airfield TL565342 CB11 3JY. Meet at the layby for Rowney Woods. Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com well ahead so that civilian numbers can be passed on to the barracks
Sat Jun 15th 201910:30amGeneral meeting. Saxonbury Wood consists of 4 acres on the west side of Chantry Wood. This private ancient woodland has few records. Park to one side of the wooden five bar gate at TL839128 where there is parking for 2-3 cars or in Wickham Bishops, the village at the eastern end of Chantry Wood, a couple of hundred yards away along Witham Road. Please refer to your newsletter for more details.Contact Peter Harvey: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Fri Jun 21st 201919:15BNHS with Wickford Wildlife Society. Midsummer Day Evening Walk, 19:15 for 19:30, Meet at Westley Heights car park SS16 6HU. Then refreshments at Miller and Carter, High Roar, Langton Hills.  
Thu Jun 27th 201910:30General Meeting. Lucy May field. TL588345 Broadoaks Manor is nearby, for anyone wishing to go on a circular walk. Nearest parking is along Howlett End road. Bring a packed lunch. n.b. Fiona will try to arrange parking with the new owners of the White Hart pub (when someone takes it on)Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com
Sat Jun 29th 201911:00-16:00General meeting. EWT Wrabness. TM167314, Car park at entranceSue Hooten, Contact Fiona on EFCmedia2019@gmail.com to confirm attendance
Fri Jul 5th 201919:30Evening for Moths. Carver Barracks Airfield TL565342 CB11 3JY Evening for moths. Meet at the layby for Rowney Woods.Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com well ahead so that civilian numbers can be passed on to the barracks
Sat Jul 6th 201910:00Basildon NHS. Butterfly Safari at Marks Hill/Willow Park. Meet at 10:00 at the green gate and seat in Staneway near SS16 5RN. Parking inside the green gate, no parking on verge. 
Sat Jul 6th 201910:30General Meeting. Carver Barracks Airfield TL565342 CB11 3JY. Meet at the layby for Rowney Woods. Bring a packed lunch.Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com well ahead so that civilian numbers can be passed on to the barracks
Sun Jul 21st 2019All dayINQUA Visit To The Quaternary Of The Lower Thames. The Quaternary fluvial record of England is remarkably rich in fossils and artefacts, providing a record of environmental change and human occupation over multiple glacial-interglacial cycles. This excursion will visit key fluvial sedimentary sequences, with biostratigraphical and Palaeolithic components emphasized. Section visits will be reinforced by displays of fossils and artefacts. Locations to be visited: Greenlands Pit, Purfleet and Lion Pit Tramway Cutting, Chafford, West Thurrock. Wansunt Pit and Swanscombe, Kent. The cost for a single day is £50 including a Field Guide or £30 without a Field Guide. It does not include transport or foodInternational Union for Quaternary Research:
There is an application form for participants to complete, and send to: Dr Becky Briant b.briant@bbk.ac.uk copied to Val Siviter (QRA administrator) valeriesiviter@btinternet.com.
Please contact John Cooke at jhc@johocooke.plus.com for a copy of the form
Sat Jul 27th 201910:30General Meeting. Birchanger Woods Parking available at TL497227 CM23 3BJ A list of species previously recorded at or near the site can be found on the Brichanger Trust's website. http://www.birchangerwoodtrust.org/natural%20history.html Followed by an optional afternoon stroll around a newly created Country Park opposite Birchanger Woods to round off the day.Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com
Sat Aug 3rd 201910:30General Meeting. Dick Ball Meadow, Clavering TL477321 CB11 4QR. Parking at the Fox and Hounds pub, Clavering. (Pub opens from 4pm weekdays and from 12pm weekends).Fiona Hutchings Please book: fiona.77h@hotmail.com
Sun Aug 11th 201911am - 5pmThe Essex Natural History Show. The Essex Natural History Show. Activities taking place at: the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea, Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH.Contact: Peter Harvey. Email: grayspeterharvey@gmail.com
Sun Aug 25th 201910:30General Meeting. General Meeting. Rainham Wildspace SSSI (TQ520819). Wildspace is part of the Inner Thames Marshes SSSI, and has reedbeds, hedgerows and general herbaceous/scrub. Meet at Rainham station, Ferry Lane, RM13 9HY (TQ521820), at 10.30 am. We then cross the railway to the entrance to Wildspace. Parking around the station and on Wennington Road (single yellow line is OK for parking on Sundays).Yvonne Couch; j_couch@sky.com; 07729867278.


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