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Orchard Management workshops in Essex this winter - book now!

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Orchard at Abbotts Hall farm. Photo: EWT

Orchards East are running a number of orchard management workshops in the East of England this winter, including three in Essex. Details are below, for more information or to book please email Howard Jones, Howard.Jones@uea.ac.uk.

 

Essex workshop dates:

Sunday 20 January – Community Orchard Pruning, South Woodham Ferrers, nr Chelmsford, Essex. 10:00-15:00. Tutor Dr Anna Baldwin.

This one-day workshop is aimed particularly at people who care for community orchards, especially those planted within the last 20 years or so. The emphasis will be on the care and pruning of apple trees, skills which are also applicable to pear trees. No previous experience of fruit tree pruning is required. The workshop will take place outdoors, tools and PPE are provided. Free to attend. 

Saturday 16 February – Community Orchard Pruning, St Laurence Orchard, nr Southend-on-Sea, Essex. 10:00-15:30. Tutor Dr Anna Baldwin.

A one-day workshop aimed at those who care for community orchards, which are newly or recently planted, and those which contain more mature trees. The day will include formative pruning and care of young trees and restorative pruning of veteran trees. While pruning will mainly take place on apple trees, the skills learned can also be applied to pear trees. No previous pruning experience is required. The workshop will take place outdoors, tools and PPE are provided. Free to attend.

Sunday 3 March – Maintenance Pruning of Mature Fruit Trees, Cressing Temple Barns, nr Braintree, Essex. 10:00-15:30. Tutor Dr Anna Baldwin.

One-day workshop aimed at those with an interest in pruning mature fruit trees to enhance fruit production. The emphasis of the day will be upon pruning apple trees of around 25 years of age. No previous pruning experience is required. The workshop will take place outdoors, tools and PPE are provided. Free to attend.

Improve your birdwatching - Duck ID course

Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Improve your birdwatching this autumn with the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on duck identification! To find out more or to book your place email Reception@essexwt.org.uk or phone 01621 862960.

The course consists of a classroom session on how to identify duck species followed by guided walks at Abbotts Hall Farm and Abberton Reservoir to see how many species we can find.  Led by Liz Huxley.

 

Date: Wednesday 28th November

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

£30 donation per person.

Course on Fungi Identification this October - book now!

Essex Wildlife Trust are running a course on Fungi Identification and Recording this October, contact Reception@essexwt.org.uk or phone 01621 862960 for more details or to book your place!

The course will cover the collection of specimens around the reserve, followed by an identification session in the visitor centre education room. The course will be led by fungi expert Tony Boniface.

Date: Sunday 21st October 2018

Time: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre

£30 donation per person

 

New to Birdwatching course - Saturday 20th October 2018

Binoculars. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust Adult course "New to Birdwatching" on Saturday 20th October 2018. Book now by calling 01621 862960 or email Reception@essexwt.org.uk for details.

This is a classroom session looking at topics such as how to choose binoculars, field guides and technology, fieldcraft and bird identification, followed by guided walks in search of birds. Led by Liz Huxley.

Date: Sat 20th October 2018

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm

£30 donation per person.

GEOLOGICAL HISTORY OF ESSEX - Adult course

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on the Geological History of Essex - book now by calling 01621 862960 or email reception@essexwt.org.uk.

Learn how the basement on which Essex is constructed came into being. Its wanderings around the globe over the ensuing millennia and the dramatic shifts in climate and sea level that have occurred throughout this journey. Led by Mike Sandison

Date: Sun 7th Oct

Time: 10:00am-4:00pm;

Venue: The Naze Visitor Centre

£30 donation per person.

For more details about this course click here.

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