The Geological History of Essex adult course - booking open

Places are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust Adult Course on the Geological History of Essex, book now to secure your place!

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.

Date: Sunday 1st October

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: The Naze Visitor Centre, Walton on the Naze

£30 donation per person


Colchester Museum Book Sale 18th -19th August

Colchester Museum is holding a Natural History and Natural Science Book Sale and an Archaeology and Social History book sale this weekend, please see the attached posters for details.

Dates and times:

Friday 18 August 10.00 - 16.00
Saturday 19 August 10.00 - 16.00

Keen natural historians, history fans and book lovers can visit both the Natural History Museum and Hollytrees Museum on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August from 10am - 4pm for a chance to browse a range of books on sale.

All books will cost £1 or £3 for 5 and all the money raised will be used to fund much needed new museum purchases such as up-to-date academic books and specialist resources.

Dormouse Ecology & Survey Course - Spaces available

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on Dormouse ecology and survey techniques, book now to secure your place!


This training session is aimed at people with an interest in wildlife and conservation of endangered species. It will cover hazel dormouse ecology and survey techniques. Hazel dormice are an endangered species that have declined significantly over the past century. Their decline is believed to be due primarily to habitat loss and habitat fragmentation. The Belfairs Nature Reserve has been traditionally managed by coppicing, which has enabled it to support a healthy population of hazel dormice.

Date: 1st October 2017

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Belfairs Woodland Centre

£30 donation per person

For more information or to book please contact Essex Wildlife Trust on 01621 862960 or email

Improve your Birdwatching with Essex Wildlife Trust

Redshank. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust are running an adult course to improve your birdwatching skills with a focus on waders, on Wednesday 6th September 2017 - book now to secure your place!

The first part of the morning will be a classroom session in two parts: firstly looking at the rather confusing (and often expensive) world of optics (binoculars, telescopes, etc); and then moving on to sorting out the key identification features of some of the UK’s wader species. This will be followed by a short walk to put the theory into practice. After lunch there’ll be a longer guided walk around the reserve.

Date: Wednesday 6th September

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall, Great Wigborough

£30 donation per person

For more information or to book your place call 01621 862960 or email


Crayfish Ecology & Identification Course 24th July - Spaces available!

Measuring a crayfish. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust course on Crayfish Identification and Ecology - call 01621 862960 or email to book your place!

This full day course provides an introduction to crayfish ecology and identification. We will look at the known distribution in Essex and the ecology of native and non-native crayfish species. By the end of the day participants will be able to distinguish the three species found in Essex – our native White-clawed Crayfish and the invasive Signal Crayfish and Turkish Crayfish.

This course also coveres biosecurity around waterways - participants will also be acutely aware of the risks of transferring Crayfish Plague from river to river and of measures to prevent its spread (drying/sterilising equipment, boots, nets etc.).

Date: Monday 24th July 2017

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Stebbing Village Hall, Great Dunmow, CM6 3SL

£30 donation per person