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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

Species Surveys


Record your observations and help us

Biological records provide information on the location, species and date of the observation. A species record consists of a minimum of:
  • WHO made the observation? (the Recorder) and WHO identified the observation (the Determiner, often the same person as the recorder)
  • WHAT species was recorded? (the Taxon)
  • WHERE was the species recorded? (the Site - a place name and grid reference or postcode)
  • WHEN was the observation made? (the date, preferably the day date)
It is also useful to have information on numbers, sex (male or female), stage (adult or not), structural and broad habitat, etc.

The County Recorders and the Essex Field Club are always involved in the survey of sites and species in Essex (see for example our meetings) and maintain county records as an ongoing process. However sometimes particular efforts are targeted towards certain groups of plants, animals or sites, and here all Field Club members, other naturalists and members of the public can help.

Many species of plant and animal are difficult to identify to species-level with certainty without considerable experience and/or microscopical examination, but we have been trying out data entry via the internet with a some species which are especially characteristic or easily recognisable. YOU CAN HELP!  Since you can upload pictures to support your record we need you to register and then be logged-on to do this.

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Add your own survey as a registered user and member of the Field Club you can add your own survey by adding a page for your survey species, and then using the markup given to link to the page for submitting records.