Essex Wildlife Trust Courses

The EWT provide a range of courses in their centres across Essex. Details below. Booking is essential. To book, please contact them on 01621 862960 or email reception@essexwt.org.uk.

Improve your Birdwatching (Waders)
Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough
Wednesday 6th September 2017, 10am-4pm
£30 donation per person. 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.

Dormouse Ecology & Surveying
Belfairs Woodland Centre
1st October 2017, 10am-4pm
£30 donation per person. 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.

The Geological history of Essex
The Naze Visitor Centre
Sunday 1st October 2017, 10am-4pm
£30 donation per person. 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.

Fungus ID & Recording
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
15th October 2017, 10.30am-3pm
£30 donation per person. Collection of Fungus specimens followed by an identification session. This course will be led by Tony Boniface, the County Recorder of fungi for the Essex Field Club

Improve your Birdwatching- Duck ID
Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough
Wednesday 1st November 2017, 10am-4pm
£30 donation per person. 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.

Non-native invasive species
Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Saturday 25th November 2017, 10am-4pm
£30 donation per person. 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.

Wild Bird ID
Abberton Reservoir Visitor centre & Fingringhoe wick visitor centre
Thursday 14th December 2017, 10am-4pm
£30 donation per person. A chance to study and better identify those waders, wildfowl and gulls that grace our shores during the winter period. Divers to geese, Pintail to Knot will all be in the area. The aim of this short course is to enhance the bird watching skills of the participant, whether beginner or more experienced, so there will be something for everyone. The course will start at Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre and end at Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre.