Learn to identify Trees in Winter this weekend!

Learn how to identify trees in winter this weekend with Essex Wildlife Trust.

This course will take a practical look at tree identification at this time of the year. It will focus on native and non-native trees that are likely to be found in the woodlands and  hedgerows of Essex and will explain how we identify trees using a combination of clues, such as; buds, bark, tree height and location.

Venue: Essex Wildlife Trust Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre

Date: Saturday 25th January 2020

Time: 10am - 4pm

For more information or to book click here.

Wildlife Recording Nature Course in March 2020 - book now!

Marine Survey. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust will be running a wildlife recording course in March 2020 - book now to secure your place! 


Run by Dr Lorna Shaw, the course offers a general introduction to the importance of recording and the use of species records in conservation, including information needed to record species, how to submit your records and how those records are used. Whether you jot dow casual sightings out of the window or want to get involved in recording wildlife across the county or beyond, this course will show you how to get involved and use your records to benefit conservation.

For more information or to book your place visit Essex Wildlife Trust’s website or contact Essex Wildlife Trust on 01621 862960


Date: Thursday 26th March 2020

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

Time: 9am - 1pm.

£15 donation requested

Marine species and plastic pollution talk - Poly the plastic seal on tour in 2020!

Poly the plastic seal sculpture. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust.

Essex Wildlife Trust will be running a talk on marine species in Essex at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park on Saturday 25th January 2020.


The talk is part of a series of events linked to Poly the Plastic Seal sculpture, which is usually resident at the Naze but will be touring round Essex Wildlife Trust's Nature Discovery Centres in 2020. Rachel Langley, Essex Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Coordinator, will be introducing the Essex coast and some of the species that call it home, as part of Poly the Plastic Seal's tour around Essex.


The talk will also give an insight into some of the projects that Essex Wildlife Trust is working on to protect and restore marine wildlife, and focus on the threats facing our seas today including pollution.


For more information or to book your place visit Essex Wildlife Trust's website; contact Thurrock Thameside Nature Park on 01375 643342 or email

Learn about veteran trees with Essex Wildlife Trust!

Veteran Oak in Essex. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Places are available on the Essex Wildilfe Trust adult course on veteran trees on Saturday 21st September - book now to secure your place!

The course will cover the identification of veteran trees and the importance for wildlife and conservation of veteran and heritage trees, as well as their unique place in the British landscape. The course will consist of a classroom session followed by a walk around Hanningfield Reservoir reserve to identify veteran tree features.

For more details or to book visit the Essex Wildlife Trust website here, or call 01621 862960.

Date: Saturday 21st September 2019

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir Essex Wildlife Trust visitor centre

Time: 10am-4pm

Suggested donation: £30.


Nature Course: Dragonflies & Damselflies - A Beginners Guide

Places are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on Dragonflies and Damselflies - Aimed at all those of who wish to know more about these fascinating species that are proving increasingly popular.

You will be able to understand the life of dragonflies and their importance as an indicator of a healthy environment.

The morning will be looking at the lifecycle, threats and species that occur in Essex. The afternoon will concentrate on practical identification so that the course attendees will feel confident in identifying dragonfly and damselfly species in the field.

Date: Wednesday 10 July 2019

Time: 10.00am-4.00pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm


Suggested donation: £30

Booking is essential, for more information on the course and booking details visit EWT's website here.