Course on Fungi Identification this October - book now!

Essex Wildlife Trust are running a course on Fungi Identification and Recording this October, contact 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 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.


Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on the Geological History of Essex - book now by calling 01621 862960 or email

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.

Crayfish Ecology and Identification Adult course - Book Now!

Measuring a crayfish under license. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Spend a day on Essex rivers learning about crayfish species and how Essex Wildlife Trust has been monitoring our native crayfish population. For more information or to book email or phone 01621 862960.

This 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. The native crayfish has suffered a dramatic decline in Essex in recent decades, reflecting its demise across much of the country, primarily at the hands of the alien American Signal Crayfish and the disease which they carry – Crayfish Plague. 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.

For more details click here

Date: Friday 27th July 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Stebbing Village hall, Dunmow

£30 donation requested

Introduction to Barn Owls Course - Spaces available!

Barn Owl. photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Spaces are available on the Essex WIldlife Trust adult course "An Introduction to Barn Owls", for more information or to book your place please contact or phone 01621 862960.

Wild Barn Owls in the UK are affectionately associated with open spaces of the rural environment, often glimpsed as majestic or ghostly figures swooping to pluck small mammals from amongst the tufts of grass below with their talons. This course is an opportunity to learn more about this iconic wild bird species, with no previous knowledge required. The course will focus on the ecology of Barn owls, as well as conservation initiatives and surveying techniques. For more information click here.

Date: Weds 25th July 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, CO5 7RZ

£30 donation per person