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


Butterfly ID course 28th June - spaces available!

Places are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust course on Butterfly Identification and recording - contact us to book your place on 01621 862960 or via

This course is aimed at people who are interested in learning how to identify butterflies, and anyone 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 UK species and butterfly surveying using the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme methodology. The course will also include an opportunity to undertake a butterfly transect around Abbotts Hall, weather permitting. 

Date: Wednesday 28th June

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm

£30 donation per person

Learn about Glow-worms with Essex Wildlife Trust

Glow-worm. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Book now for the Essex Wildlife Trust adult course on Glow-worm ecology on 23rd June 2017 - for more details contact or call 01621 862960.

Glow-worms are one of the most intriguing beetles, with their green glow a magical feature of summer evenings throughout the UK. Come and learn about the lifecycle and ecology of Glow-worms and find out how to actively manage habitats to increase their numbers. The course will focus on identifying larval and adult (glowing females) stages at Chafford Gorges Nature Park, which has one of the largest remaining Glow-worm populations in Essex. A short classroom session will be followed by evening searches for larvae and glowing females on the reserve, which will form part of the ongoing Essex Glow-worm Survey. The course will be an excellent chance to see Glow-worms in the wild and find out what you can do to help conserve them and monitor their numbers. Signed copies of the Essex Glow-worm book will be available.

Venue: Chafford Gorges visitor Centre, Chafford Hundred

Time: 7pm-11pm

£15 donation per person

Marine Survey and Identification Course - 23rd June

Marine Survey and ID. Photo: Essex Wildlife Trust

Book now to attend the Essex Wildlife Trust Marine Survey and Identification course on 23rd June 2017. Contact or telephone 01621 862960.

With the longest coastline and more habitats than any other county in the UK, Essex boasts a spectacular array of marine life. This course will introduce you to just some of the many hundreds of marine species that call Essex home. This one day course is designed to be a classroom based morning session, focusing on species identification, the principles applied to the different types of marine survey techniques and an introduction to some of our sub tidal marine species coupled with a field based afternoon session on a local beach to practice your newly acquired skills.

There is also the opportunity to collect an Essex Wildlife Trust introductory ID guide to the world of Marine species identification. This has been specifically written to introduce you to the main species you are likely to find in our estuaries and is available to attendees. Course donation fee includes Essex WT species ID guide. The course is run by Sarah Allison, Living Seas co-ordinator for the Essex Wildlife Trust. Sarah has worked on conservation and marine projects for the past 7 years. She is now a leading expert in shellfish restoration and Native Oysters.

Venue: The Naze Visitor Centre, Walton on the Naze

Time: 10am-3pm 

£35 (includes EWT Handout) donation per person