Wildflower ID Course 30th May 2017

Wildflower ID. Photo: Gemma de Gouveia

Spaces are available on the Essex Wildlife Trust wildflower identification course on 30th May 2017, for more information or to book a place contact the Trust on 01621 862960 or email


Learn how to identify wild flowers with the aid of books and keys. The day will include time for a field visit to look at varying habitats. The day is suitable for complete beginners who wish to know more about the wild flowers around them, and for those who want to improve their skills. It is recommended that a hand lens of c10x magnification be brought and, if possible, a copy of Francis Rose's Wild Flower Key.


Date: Tuesday 30th May 


Time: 10am-4pm 


Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough


£30 donation per person


Bat Ecology Training Course - spaces available

Spaces are available on the Essex WIldlife Trust Bat Ecology training course on Friday 26th May at Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre - contact us to book!

The course will focus on the ecology of UK bats and is suitable for complete beginners or those who wish to know more. 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 26th May 

Time: 4.00pm - 9.30 pm 

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre 


£30 donation per person


To find out more or to book your place please contact Essex WIldlife Trust on 01621 862960 or via


Hedgerow Survey Course 2nd May 2017

Book now for the Essex Wildlife Trust Hedgerow Survey course! This course will cover the importance of hedgerows in the landscape, how to survey hedgerow condition using a standard UK methodology and identification of common hedgerow species. The course will involve a classroom session followed by an opportunity to put the theory into practice.

For more information and to book please click here; alternatively contact Essex Wildlife Trust on 01621 862960 or by emailing

Venue: Danbury Sports Centre, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4NQ

Date: Tuesday 2nd May, 10am - 4pm.

Amphibian Survey Techniques course - book now!

Essex Wildlife Trust has teamed up with the Freshwater Habitats Trust to offer a training course on native amphibians, as part of the PondNet national monitoring project. If you are interested in learning how to contribute to the project by surveying your local pond, this is an ideal way to start!

Join Essex Wildlife Trust's consultant ecologist Martin Pugh for an evening training session on Wednesday 10th May at Essex Wildlife Trust’s Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough CO5 7RZ. After the training we would like volunteers to survey ponds of their choice and contribute data to the PondNet monitoring project. Data collected will be shared with the Essex Wildlife Trust Biological Records Centre and made available to our partner organisations.

To book a place or for more details please contact Peter Case, or on 07703 808520. This training has been made possible through the Heritage Lottery Funded People Ponds and Water project.

Adult courses in May - contact us to book!

Essex Wildlife Trust have a number of adult courses running in May, please contact us for more information or to book your place!

We have places available on the following courses:

  • Hedgerow surveying

Venue: Danbury Sports Centre, Date: Tuesday 2nd May, 10am - 4pm.

  • Spring Bird ID

Venue: Fingringhoe Wick & Abbotts Hall Farm, Date: Thursday 16th May, 9am - 3pm.

  • Tracking and Field Signs

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir, Date: Saturday 20th May, 10am - 2pm.

  • Bat Ecology

Venue: Hanningfield Reservoir, Date: Friday 26th May, 9.30am - 4pm.

  • Wildflower ID

Venue: Abbotts Hall Farm, Date: Tuesday 30th May, 10am - 4pm.


More details on all of these courses are available from: book your place please email, or call 01621 862960.