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Essex Field Club
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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are open today

We are normally open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays 11am-4pm, check. 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


As well as a much larger database of 3,453,984 county records for 14,727 species, we currently have ecological and phenological information on over 1,494,344, species records and 6,865 different species available here on this website (see find out more... or species search pages), as well as information on sites of interest, geology in Essex and noteworthy Essex naturalists. As a registered user, you can add to these and edit existing information.

Our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park We are usually open to the public on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm. We are normally also open every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm.

Epping Forest Beekeepers’ Association would like to invite our members to a free one-day conference on Sunday 24 March at Copped Hall, Epping, when we will explore the threat posed to UK beekeeping and the wider natural environment by the Asian hornet, a non-native invasive species. Five eminent speakers will present their experiences and demonstrate how we can all play a part to prevent the establishment of this serious environmental threat, which is a voracious predator of insects.

As you may be aware, the Asian hornet entered the south of France by ship from Asia in 2004 and has now reached the Channel coast. During the last two years it has made fleeting visits to Devon, Cornwall, Hull, Surrey, Hampshire, and Dungeness. It is established in Jersey.

Booking for the event is essential and tickets may be reserved at Eventbrite link and a pdf is available here.

Tea and home-made cakes will be on sale during intervals, but please bring a packed lunch.


Geronimo the grasshopper published.
The second book in the Insect Adventures series of children’s stories tells the tale of Geronimo the grasshopper, as he learns to jump higher and goes on an exciting adventure when he leaves his heathland home. Will he return in time to win the Mould Medal in the Heathland Games? The book was published by the Essex Field Club in July 2017 and has a foreword by Jimmy Doherty. The illustrations are by Andrea Ellis of Unequi Science & Creativity. To buy the book (£5.99 + £1.50 UK p&p) visit link.

The books in the Insect Adventures series are designed to appeal to children between the ages 5-8 who are able to read alone or they can be read by parents at bedtime. The stories are split into eight easy to read chapters and introduce children to the lives of insects and how they adapt and survive in the wild.

Geronimo the grasshopper

The Mammals of Essex by John Dobson and Darren Tansley is a hardback volume of 272 pages published in November 2014 by the Essex Field Club. It is available for £20 from John Dobson. Please contact him on 01245 224408 or . It is printed in colour throughout, there is a Foreword by Essex resident Germaine Greer and the book includes distribution maps of all resident species and reviews whales, seals, bats, rodents and carnivores as well as fossil species.  The final chapter provides identification tips for similar species and a photo-guide for identifying mammal field signs.
The Herpetological Conservation Trust, Add an Adder link Please add your records. The older you are, the more work you will need to do since they are looking for historical records and even memories!!!