We provide a not-for-profit service with the aim of collating, managing and mobilising biological, environmental and geological data within the Essex area.
The County Recorders and specialist groups compile, maintain and verify the primary biological databases for the county and we are working in partnership with Basildon Council, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Essex Amphibian & Reptile Group, Essex Bat Group, Essex Birdwatching Society, and others to provide comprehensive coverage of county records as an Essex Local Record Centre.
We also provide information on sites relevant to nature conservation contained in national datasets and can provide information on geological sites which are of county and local importance for their scientific, historical and/or educational value, as well as those designated as SSSI geological sites, see our Datasearch Service for details.
The on-line Datasearch System was jointly developed by Teknica Ltd and the Essex Field Club and funded by large voluntary contributions from several members of the Club. Further developments by Teknica Ltd and in-kind work by the Datasearch Manager continue to be undertaken in response to user feedback and in order to progress the service and outputs provided by the system.
We also aim to:
The Essex Field Club nationally and regionally important collections are housed in purpose built accommodation leased from Basildon Borough Council at the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, and provide an important link between recording and identification verification, as well as for public education and involvement.