Essex Field Club on Facebook

Video about the Club

Myathropa florea
find out more... Myathropa florea 5 Copyright: Graham Ekins

Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
registered charity
no 1113963
HLF Logo A-Z Page Index

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

Your Forum

This forum has now been more or less replaced by the Club's Facebook page at
Essex Field Club on Facebook




The weblog below is for naturalists to use to report interesting sightings, ask questions, report on field meetings and generally post pictures and any information or questions generally relevant in some way to the wildlife and geology of Essex. You will need to register and be logged-on to post to the forum, and you need to upload pictures first, for use in posts. Find out more


Sun 30th December 2007 22:24 by Mary Smith
Kestrel catch
We saw a kestrel actually catch a small mammal yesterday (29 Dec). The kestrel was hovering over rough grassland just a short way in front of us, and it moved away to a young tree some 10m away as we approached.  We thought we had scared it off.  But no, it suddenly returned very fast, swooping in flight low to the grassy patch it had been looking at before, and caught a small mammal: mouse, vole, shrew, or similar, we suppose; we could see its tail and an oval sort of shape in outline as it hung below the bird.  The kestrel did not stop, it just caught the mammal as it flew by without even slowing down. It circled round and returned to the small tree. We were amazed at the acuity of its eyesight; we would not have stood a chance of seeing something so small in thick, long grass at such a distance. We felt ourselves to be very fortunate to see such a good and close view of this beautiful bird getting its dinner.  Mary Smith
link
Wed 5th December 2007 14:57 by Peter Harvey
Interesting. I would guess it hasn't yet hibernated and is still active - do you know what species?

By the way have you seen the new locate page using google maps and markup here for posts, also site map and related site information stuff (you can click on dots and links to site account etc, if sites have public access).

link
Wed 5th December 2007 14:25 by Adrian Knowles
Late bumblebee
A bumblebee has just been spotted flying around the garden at the Essex Wildlife Trust's HQ at Great Wigborough, near Peldon.  Has it come out of "hibernation" or just not found somewhere suitable yet?
link
Tue 4th December 2007 09:30 by Del Smith
The Dragonflies of Essex by Ted Benton & John Dobson.  Xii + 228pp. Published by The Essex Field Club in association with Lopinga Books. ISBN 10:0-905637-18-6. Hardback. £20.00 including postage. Book orders and cheques to John Dobson, 158 Main Rd, Danbury, Essex CM3 4DT or contact johndobson@mammals.fsnet.co.uk

Nineteen years have passed since Ted Benton produced the first Dragonflies of Essex, as good as it was this volume far surpasses it in scope and production. A hard backed washable and illustrated cover conceals 228 pages with numerous colour photographs and distribution maps. A chapter on biology and conservation is followed by a very useful illustrated guide to many of the best Essex sites for Dragonflies. The main body of the book, the species accounts includes sections on identification, flight period, habits, distribution and conservation. Excellent photographs of each species are included within the accounts as well as an Essex distribution map of each species. Early records are also discussed at the conclusion of each account. Chapter four is devoted to a history of dragonfly recording in Essex, dealing with many notable entomologists from Victorian times until the present day. There are appendices on former Essex species, possible future arrivals and a couple of rare species as well as a plant list. An extensive bibliography is included and the whole is fully indexed. All in all a first class book essential for all Essex field naturalists as well as dragonfly specialists. It is well bound and produced on quality paper, place your order today.

Del Smith

link
 

Archives:

Jul 2016
Oct 2015
Jul 2015
May 2015
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Feb 2015
Jan 2015
Dec 2014
Oct 2014
Sep 2014
Aug 2014
Jul 2014
May 2014
Apr 2014
Mar 2014
Feb 2014
Jan 2014
Dec 2013
Nov 2013
Sep 2013
Aug 2013
Jul 2013
Jun 2013
May 2013
Apr 2013
Mar 2013
Feb 2013
Jan 2013
Dec 2012
Nov 2012
Oct 2012
Sep 2012
Aug 2012
Jul 2012
Jun 2012
May 2012
Apr 2012
Mar 2012
Feb 2012
Jan 2012
Dec 2011
Nov 2011
Oct 2011
Sep 2011
Aug 2011
Jul 2011
Jun 2011
May 2011
Apr 2011
Mar 2011
Feb 2011
Jan 2011
Dec 2010
Nov 2010
Oct 2010
Sep 2010
Aug 2010
Jul 2010
Jun 2010
May 2010
Apr 2010
Mar 2010
Feb 2010
Nov 2009
Oct 2009
Aug 2009
Jul 2009
Jun 2009
May 2009
Apr 2009
Mar 2009
Feb 2009
Jan 2009
Nov 2008
Oct 2008
Sep 2008
Aug 2008
Jul 2008
Jun 2008
May 2008
Apr 2008
Mar 2008
Feb 2008
Jan 2008
Dec 2007
Nov 2007

current posts