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EFC Centre at Wat Tyler Country ParkWe are closed due to the Covid-19 situation, but we are otherwise normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday 11am-4pm, check. We are also normally open on Wednesdays 10am-4pm.

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DateRoute FinderVenueLeader
dates to be confirmedFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
Middlewick Ranges Local Wildlife Site. Meetings are planned for May/June, July/August and October. We will only be able to confirm the field trip dates about a month in advance, due to the late advertising of firing times. The meeting place is at the footpath entrance opposite Wick Road at TM01602264. There is unrestricted parking available on Wick Road and Speedwell Road.

The site is diverse, with large areas of acid grassland, gorse and broom scrub, and a patch of relict heath. The site is most noted for its Hymenoptera, but the invertebrate and other interest is expected to be very high generally.

Contact Peter Harvey, grayspeterharvey@gmail.com if you want to be kept informed.
dates to be confirmedFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
Hyde Hall RHS. We would like to plan several visits here in 2021 for Spring, Summer and Autumn, but are not presently able to confirm dates. The gardens themselves have a varied biota and are surrounded by less tended areas which we will be able to visit. Depending upon circumstances it might be necessary to book a visit with the RHS beforehand.
John Cooke email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com phone: 01708 223477. Mob: 07941507549.
dates to be confirmedFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
Cranham Marsh, an Essex Wildlife Trust site has a varied landscape with woodland, grassland, and freshwater habitats. Surrounded by farmland and housing. We hope to arrange a visit here this year.
John Cooke email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com phone: 01708 223477. Mob: 07941507549.
dates to be confirmedFind routeEFC Fungal Group.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
The Fungal Group will arrange several visits during the Autumn months of 2021, to various sites in Essex. Dates and locations to be finalised later in the 2021.
Tony Boniface Please book 01245 266316 Mobile on the day 07939 489729.
dates to be confirmedFind routeGeneral Meeting.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
Marks Hall Estate, We plan to have one or more visits to the estate this year.
John Cooke email: jhc@johocooke.plus.com phone: 01708 223477. Mob: 07941507549.
Sun Apr 4th 2021 10:00Find routeEssex Field Club Course.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
Terrestrial Molluscs: Snails and Slugs (Field Course). Chalkney Woods near Earls Colne. Park at the lay-by at the wood entrance from Tey Road just south of Ivy Cottage TL874274 postcode CO6 2LD. Cost: free to Essex Field Club members, £10 for non members (booking essential) A day with County recorder and Club President Simon Taylor, during which you will learn how to differentiate and recognise the major groups of terrestrial Mollusca and identify a range of species. Laminated fold-out identification guides will be available (cost £2); it is advisable to bring a hand lens. Please also bring a packed lunch.
Contact: Simon Taylor, abmanuk@hotmail.com Due to COVID, booking is essential, but please wait until 4 weeks before the date; numbers will depend on restrictions at the time; a risk assessment will need to be completed beforehand.
Sat Apr 24th 2021 11:00Find routeGeneral Meeting.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
Wilderness Foundation at Chatham Green. Meet in car park at CM3 3FE TL7172 1576.
Fiona Hutchings book via fiona.77h@hotmail.com Due to COVID, booking is essential, but please wait until 4 weeks before the date; numbers will depend on restrictions at the time; a risk assessment will need to be completed beforehand.
Sun May 23rd 2021 10:30Find routeGeneral Meeting.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
General meeting to Little Belhus Country Park, Arisdale Road, South Ockendon, RM15 5SJ (opposite “Next” distribution centre, close to South Ockendon rail station). Former landfill being turned into a Country Park with older areas; woodland, meadows and ponds; part is a Local Wildlife Site for invertebrates. Meet in car park just off main road (TQ587826; 6ft height barrier); some parking on road. No toilets.
Contact: Yvonne Couch, email j_couch@sky.com
Due to COVID, booking is essential, but please wait until 4 weeks before the date; numbers will depend on restrictions at the time; a risk assessment will need to be completed beforehand.
Sun Sep 5th 2021 10:30Find routeGeneral Meeting.
Proceeding under Covid-19 restrictions
General meeting to Little Belhus Country Park, Arisdale Road, South Ockendon, RM15 5SJ (opposite “Next” distribution centre, close to South Ockendon rail station). Former landfill being turned into a Country Park with older areas; woodland, meadows and ponds; part is a Local Wildlife Site for invertebrates. Meet in car park just off main road (TQ587826; 6ft height barrier); some parking on road. No toilets.
Contact: Yvonne Couch, email j_couch@sky.com
Due to COVID, booking is essential, but please wait until 4 weeks before the date; numbers will depend on restrictions at the time; a risk assessment will need to be completed beforehand.