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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkOur centre is available for visits on a pre-booked basis on Wednesdays between 10am - 4pm. The Club’s activities and displays are also usually open to the public on the first Saturday of the month 11am - 4pm.

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DateRoute FinderVenueLeader
Mon May 27th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeCarver Barracks, Debden. This is a large tract of calcareous grassland which always seems to bring up surprising species. There are planted copses and an ancient wet woodland as well as a tract of heathland, water bodies and scrub. Please wear suitable clothing. the Met Office have a recording station at Elder Street, Wimbish and can be accessed via their app and website. Bring packed lunch. There are picnic tables and a compostable toilet in the Woodland Walk. Meet at the layby entrance for Rowney Woods TL56703439 Fiona Hutchins, email fiona.77h@hotmail.com to register interest
Fri May 31st 2024 10:15 - 15:30Find routeNorthey Island. Invertebrates and botanical survey. A National Trust site with extensive recent works to establish saltmarsh habitat. Turn down South House Chase, a discreet lane opposite the bus stop on Mundon Road (TL85980537) Meeting at the farm gate (TL86360548) at 10.15am. Call Rob on 07585577228 if necessary. One or two dates might mean waiting for up to 30 minutes for the tide to drop. Cross back by 4.30pm when the tide would start to cover the causeway.Rob Smith windvane@btinternet.com
Thu Jun 6th 2024 10:30Find routeRamsey Marsh. Survey an area of saltmarsh lagoon on the Dengie. Meet at 10.30am at the bottom of Stansgate Road, by the gate just before Marconi Sailing Club at TL93190568. Directions: after leaving Steeple village, take the first left into Stansgate Road. Follow the track all the way down to the meeting point. We will have vehicular access further along the track all the way round to the sea wall sluice at TL93740588. Rob Smith. Please contact Rob on windvane@btinternet.com to register your interest
Sun Jun 9th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeTiptree Heath. field meeting to the largest area of heathland in the county with all 3 heather species present. Park in EWT car park at TL88241486Yvonne Couch. email: j_couch@sky.com to register interest
Thu Jun 20th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeHazeleigh Woods. field meeting to a rare example of a traditionally worked ancient woodland, complete with charcoal burners. Oak/Hornbeam wood. Parking is available at TL83400386, nearest post code CM9 6GTSimon Wood, please email simon.wood27@gmail.com to register interest
Sat Jun 29th 2024 10:15-15:30Find routeNorthey Island. Invertebrates and botanical survey. A National Trust site with extensive recent works to establish saltmarsh habitat. Turn down South House Chase, a discreet lane opposite the bus stop on Mundon Road (TL85980537) Meeting at the farm gate (TL86360548) at 10.15am. Call Rob on 07585577228 if necessary. One or two dates might mean waiting for up to 30 minutes for the tide to drop. Cross back by 4.30pm when the tide would start to cover the causeway.Rob Smith. Please contact Rob on windvane@btinternet.com to register your interest
Tue Jul 2nd 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeNevendon Washland Reserve. field meeting to private nature reserve and reptile & amphibian translocation site with 3 species of orchid. Park along Old Nevendon Road by entrance to reserve TQ7370991429Jon Cranfield, please contact Rob Smith windvane@btinternet.com to register interest
Sat Jul 6th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeCarver Barracks, Debden. This is a large tract of calcareous grassland which always seems to bring up surprising species. There are planted copses and an ancient wet woodland as well as a tract of heathland, water bodies and scrub. Please wear suitable clothing. the Met Office have a recording station at Elder Street, Wimbish and can be accessed via their app and website. Bring packed lunch. There are picnic tables and a compostable toilet in the Woodland Walk. Meet at the layby entrance for Rowney Woods TL56703439Fiona Hutchins, email fiona.77h@hotmail.com to register interest
Sat Jul 13th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeCauseway End, Felsted. Private nature reserve. TL 68327 19177 created the reserve 25 years ago from 4 agricultural fields and it now comprises spring meadow, summer meadow, woodland plantation (2000 trees), ponds and scrub/grass areas. There are badgers on the site in the hedge line. 120 orchard trees which pre-date its use as a reserve, they date from when it was organic veg growing. 4 fields, 17ha, just south of Causeway End. Park on driveway to Glandfields farmhouse opposite site (TL68181912), with pond in front. Overflow parking next door Local Hospice Lottery, CM6 3LT.Rob Smith. Please contact Rob on windvane@btinternet.com to register your interest
Fri Jul 19th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeHazeleigh Woods. field meeting to a rare example of a traditionally worked ancient woodland, complete with charcoal burners. Oak/Hornbeam wood. Parking is available at TL83400386, nearest post code CM9 6GTSimon Wood, please email simon.wood27@gmail.com to register interest
Mon Jul 29th 2024 10:15 - 15:30Find routeNorthey Island. Invertebrates and botanical survey. A National Trust site with extensive recent works to establish saltmarsh habitat. Turn down South House Chase, a discreet lane opposite the bus stop on Mundon Road (TL85980537) Meeting at the farm gate (TL86360548) at 10.15am. Call Rob on 07585577228 if necessary. One or two dates might mean waiting for up to 30 minutes for the tide to drop. Cross back by 4.30pm when the tide would start to cover the causeway.Rob Smith. Please contact Rob on windvane@btinternet.com to register your interest
Sun Aug 4th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeTiptree Heath. field meeting to the largest area of heathland in the county with all 3 heather species present. Park in EWT car park at TL88241486Yvonne Couch. email: j_couch@sky.com to register interest
Sun Sep 8th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeTiptree Heath. field meeting to the largest area of heathland in the county with all 3 heather species present. Park in EWT car park at TL88241486Yvonne Couch. email: j_couch@sky.com to register interest
Sat Oct 5th 2024 10:30-15:00Find routeCarver Barracks, Debden. This is a large tract of calcareous grassland which always seems to bring up surprising species. There are planted copses and an ancient wet woodland as well as a tract of heathland, water bodies and scrub. Please wear suitable clothing. the Met Office have a recording station at Elder Street, Wimbish and can be accessed via their app and website. Bring packed lunch. There are picnic tables and a compostable toilet in the Woodland Walk. Meet at the layby entrance for Rowney Woods TL56703439Fiona Hutchins, email fiona.77h@hotmail.com to register interest