Veteran and Heritage trees - adult course

Veteran Tree at Hatfield Forest.
Caring for God's Acre HLF project

One day course in identification , importance and conservation of veteran/heritage trees and their unique place in the British landscape. Morning session at Abbotts Hall Farm, followed by an afternoon walk to look for veteran trees in Birch and Layer. For more details and to book your place please call 01621 862950 or email


This adult course is funded by Caring for God’s Acre, who recently received grant funding for the Beautiful Burial Ground Project, from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project will put burial grounds on the map, by revealing the hidden heritage and wildlife of burial grounds across England and Wales. Part of this project involves providing training to citizen scientists in biological recording.

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, followed by a trip to the Birch area.

Date: Friday 8th June 2018

Time: 10:00am - 4:00 pm

Donation: free of charge

Turn Wildlife Detective with the Essex Wildlife Trust Tracking and Field Signs Course

Turn Wildlife Detective on the Essex Wildlife Trust Tracking and Field Signs course in June, book now to secure your place!

Learn how to spot the tell-tale signs of elusive wildlife in a variety of habitats. Learn about the ecology of elusive animals and where they live and feed, see some real field signs at the centre, then put your training into practice on a walk through an Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Led by Darren Tansley.


Date: Saturday 2nd June 2018

Time: 10:00am-1:30pm

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor centre

£25 donation per person.

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

Introduction to UK reptiles course - 3rd May 2018

Grass snake. Photo: Essex Wildilfe Trust

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course "Introduction to UK reptiles", contact or phone 01621 862960 to book your place.

This course is designed to introduce participants to the identification and ecology of British reptiles. This course is aimed at those with little or no experience of reptiles but should also appeal to those with some knowledge of the subject. Led by Katie Rowberry (Froglife).

Date: Thurs 3rd May

Venue: Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Time: 11:00am-3:00pm

donation £30 per person.

Butterfly Identification and Recording Course - booking open!

Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust is running a course on Butterfly Identification and Recording in June 2018, contact Tiffany Rogerson to book your place on 01621 862960 or email

This course is aimed at people who are interested in volunteering to take part in butterfly monitoring in Essex as part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. The course will cover butterfly ecology, identification of common Essex species and butterfly surveying using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme methodology. The course will also include an opportunity to practice butterfly identification around Abbotts Hall Farm, weather permitting.

Date: Thursday 28th June 2018

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

£30 donation requested


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.