Improve your Birdwatching - Warbler Identification Course 9th May 2018

Improve your birdwatching skills with Essex Wildlife Trust! The Trust are running a Warbler identification course on 9th May 2018, for more information or to book contact, or phone 01621 862960.

The first part of the morning will be a classroom session at Abbotts Hall Farm looking at warbler identification, followed by a short walk to put the theory into practice. After lunch we’ll drive to Layer Breton Causeway at Abberton Reservoir in search of more warbler species.

Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018

Time: 10am-4pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

£30 donation requested.

Bat Ecology Adult Course - 27th April 2018

Essex Wildlife Trust is running a course on Bat Ecology in April 2018 - to reserve your space phone 01621 86290 or email

An opportunity to learn about the fascinating world of bats! The course will focus on the ecology of UK bats and is suitable for complete beginners or those who wish to know more about bats. Different survey techniques employed to study bats are considered with case studies as examples. Analysing bat calls through the use of bat detectors and computer software will also be covered. In the evening there will be an opportunity to carry out a bat survey using bat detectors around the Hanningfield nature reserve.

Date: Friday 27th April 2018

Time: 4pm - 9.30pm

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre

£30 donation requested

Work Parties in the Stour Valley

There are a number of tree planting work parties in the Stour Valley AONB in March, volunteers are required on the following dates:


Tue 6th March Bridge Farm, Ash Street near Semer: River Brett 10am – 3pm

Mon 12th March Glemsford: River Stour 10am – 3pm

Thu 15th March Knights Hill Farm, Buttons Green near Lavenham: River Brett 10am – 3pm

Fri 23rd March Cranmore Green Farm, Glemsford: River Glem 10am – 3pm

Mon 26th March Cranmore Green Farm, Glemsford: River Glem 10am – 3pm

Tue 27th March Cranmore Green Farm, Glemsford: River Glem 10am – 3pm


If anyone is interested could they please contact Alex for details about each event.


Introduction to Amphibians Course - spaces available

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust's adult course "Introduction to amphibians", to reserve your place please email or phone 01621 862960.

This course is designed to introduce participants to the identification and ecology of British amphibians. In addition it will give a brief overview of the methods used for surveying and monitoring these species. The course is designed to be interactive with opportunities to test the knowledge and skills you will learn and will include an outdoor practical session. We will also briefly discuss how best to manage ponds and the habitat surrounding them for the benefit of these wonderful species.

Date: Thursday 22nd March 2018

Time: 10.30am-3pm

Venue: Langdon visitor centre, Basildon

£30 donation requested

Orchards East Project launch in Essex

Orchards East logo

Orchards East is a Heritage Lottery funded project across the East of England, aimed at mapping old orchards, identifying old fruit varieties, and restoring and recreating orchards by working with local communities. The project launches in Essex in March 2018, details of the launch event are attached.

The first phase of the project involved mapping historic orchard sites from the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey maps of the early 20th Century. In collaboration with other Records Centres in the East of England region Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre has been involved in this initial mapping phase, which identified over 4,000 historic orchard sites in Essex alone. Follow up surveys will be conducted in 2018, you can find out how to get involved in surveys at the Essex Wildlife Trust Volunteer Open Day in February.

To book a place at the Orchards East Essex Launch  please contact Gen Broad, For more information about the project please visit the Orchards East website: