Non-native invasive species course November 2017 - book now!

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on invasive non-native species, on 25th November - for more information or to book your place please email or call 01621 862960.

This course will enable you to competently identify the most abundant and problematic non-native invasive species in the UK in a thought provoking and interactive session. You will be able to identify them at their various different life stages and distinguish them from similar species. The morning will concentrate on their identification using interactive props to enhance the learning experience. It won’t however involve identification in the field. The afternoon session will delve into the detail of how these invasive species negatively impact on the environment and the economy. The best control methods for these species will also be covered in the latter part of the course.

Date: Saturday 25th November 2017

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

£30 donation per person




Improve your Birdwatching Duck ID Course - spaces available

Wigeon. Photo: Annie Gordon

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on Duck identification - contact or call 01621 862960 to book a place!

The first part of the morning will be a classroom session looking at some of the key features in sorting out and identifying ducks, followed by a short walk to put the theory into practice. After lunch we’ll drive to the causeways at Abberton Reservoir for further practice in duck ID, where hopefully we will spot different species.

Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough

£30 donation per person


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