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EVENTS

Field Trips

Come along and join us for an enjoyable trip. You do not have to be an expert as everyone has varying degrees of knowledge and interests. Bring along a packed lunch if you plan to stay for the day, a drink, suitable clothing and footwear (check with the leader to find out if wellies will be needed).

Coach Trips

Unless stated otherwise you do not need to book for most field trips and there is no charge. One exception is the coach trip. For coach trips please email Pascale Genevois to book a seat.

Indoor Meetings (Sep-April)

Our talks are free to members and non members alike, but donations are accepted for refreshments. Unless otherwise stated all indoor meetings are held at the Cardinal Bourne Hall in Priory Street, Colchester [see map] and usually start at 8.00pm. The Hall is situated at the East Hill end of Priory Street with car parking almost opposite by the Roman Wall at the cost of £2.

 

Please remember there are special events such as the Christmas Social in December & AGM in January each year which start earlier. Don’t get caught out!

  • Middlewick Ranges Local Wildlife Site Walks in May
    Middlewick Ranges Local Wildlife Site Walks in May
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, 27 May
    Middlewick Ranges, Colchester
    27 May 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Middlewick Ranges, Colchester, Middlewick Ranges, Colchester CO2 8QG, UK
    Monday afternoon walks during May. This is a chance to see the site for yourselves and to enjoy the rich wildlife associated with acid grassland whilst being serenaded by the songs of nightingales and skylarks.
  • Nature Walk at Humberlands, Lawford
    Nature Walk at Humberlands, Lawford
    Sun, 19 May
    Humberlands
    19 May 2024, 10:30
    Humberlands, Harwich Rd, Lawford, Manningtree CO11 2LP, UK
    Spring Walk arranged by kind invitation of CNHS members Tim & Jenny Francis. A fabulous unspoilt little valley with many protected species and different habitats. A hidden gem close to Lawford. BOOKING through Liz Cutting (see main details)
  • Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve Flora Survey
    Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve Flora Survey
    Sun, 12 May
    Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve
    12 May 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve, Spring Ln, Colchester CO3, UK
    Join Carla Davis to look for Pignut, Harebell and Devil’s-bit Scabious along with a wide range of other species at this hidden gem of a site.
  • Fridaywood, Colchester, Spring Wildlife Walk
    Fridaywood, Colchester, Spring Wildlife Walk
    Tue, 07 May
    Friday Wood (but park at layby)
    07 May 2024, 10:00 – 13:00
    Friday Wood (but park at layby), Friday Wood, Colchester CO2, UK
    BOOKING DETAILS below - By early May, Nightingales and a range of other summer migrants should be singing their hearts out so this a good time to visit. Led by expert birder John Thorogood.
  • Guided Walk - Elmstead Market Woodland Trust Nature Reserve
    Guided Walk - Elmstead Market Woodland Trust Nature Reserve
    Sat, 04 May
    Meet at Elmstead Market Car Park
    04 May 2024, 09:30 – 13:00
    Meet at Elmstead Market Car Park, Colchester CO7 7FH, UK
    A visit to this little-known Woodland Trust reserve, with a wide range of habitats, including meadows, riverbank, and woodland. BOOKING INFO in main event details
  • Spring Social, Food and Nightingale Walk
    Spring Social, Food and Nightingale Walk
    Wed, 01 May
    Whalebone Inn/EWT Fingringhoe Wick
    01 May 2024, 17:30 – 21:00
    Whalebone Inn/EWT Fingringhoe Wick, Fingringhoe, Colchester CO5 7BG, UK
    Social Tea at the Whalebone Pub in Fingringhoe followed by Nightingales and more! PRE-BOOKING VIA EVENTBRITE IS ESSENTIAL (see main details for link)
  • Members Annual Presentation Evening
    Members Annual Presentation Evening
    Tue, 30 Apr
    Old Heath Community Centre
    30 Apr 2024, 19:30 – 21:30
    Old Heath Community Centre, D'Arcy Rd, Colchester CO2 8BB, UK
    You are invited to present a short illustrated presentation on any wildlife subject of your choice - this could be showing a selection of photographs on a particular subject, or you might wish to update members on a project that you are working on.
  • TALK - Ted Benton, The Wild Bees - Diversity, Behaviour and Ecology
    TALK - Ted Benton, The Wild Bees - Diversity, Behaviour and Ecology
    Tue, 26 Mar
    Old Heath Community Centre
    26 Mar 2024, 19:30 – 21:30
    Old Heath Community Centre, D'Arcy Rd, Colchester CO2 8BB, UK
    The importance of urban habitats, including gardens, will be discussed alongside how to attract bees to the garden with videos of intriguing behaviour.
  • Stour Estuary walk, Mistley - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
    Stour Estuary walk, Mistley - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
    Sat, 09 Mar
    Mistley
    09 Mar 2024, 10:15 – 14:00
    Mistley, High St, Mistley, Manningtree CO11 1HE, UK
    The walk will follow part of the route described by Russell Leavett in ‘Self-guided Walks’ in the ‘Members Only’ section of our Website. At this time of the year estuary birds will be in good numbers, ranging from Goldeneye, Red-breasted Mergansers, through to Pintail and Brent Geese.
  • TALK - Sven Wair - ‘Botany in the Built Environment’
    TALK - Sven Wair - ‘Botany in the Built Environment’
    Tue, 27 Feb
    Old Heath Community Centre
    27 Feb 2024, 19:30 – 21:30
    Old Heath Community Centre, D'Arcy Rd, Colchester CO2 8BB, UK
    Sven Wair, the Society Secretary, will explore the ways in which plant life occupies and colonises the spaces and structures that we create around us.
  • CNHS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    CNHS Annual General Meeting (AGM)
    Tue, 30 Jan
    Colchester
    30 Jan 2024, 19:30 – 21:30
    Colchester, D'Arcy Rd, Colchester CO2 8BB, UK
    Your chance to hear what members of the Society been been getting up to during the past year, including reports on plants, birds, mammals and a range of insects.
  • Mid winter bird walk at Abberton Reservoir led by Dougal Urquhart
    Mid winter bird walk at Abberton Reservoir led by Dougal Urquhart
    Sun, 21 Jan
    Essex Wildlife Trust, Abberton Reservoir
    21 Jan 2024, 10:00 – 13:00
    Essex Wildlife Trust, Abberton Reservoir, The Rows, Church Rd, Layer de la Haye, Colchester CO2 0EU, UK
    Join Dougal for a mid-winter visit to Essex Wildlife Trust's Abberton reservoir reserve in search of winter wildfowl such as Smew and Goosander, hopefully some Bewick’s Swans too. £2 donation will be requested from non-members of EWT or CNHS.
  • The Christmas Social
    The Christmas Social
    Sat, 16 Dec
    Colchester
    16 Dec 2023, 19:30 – 22:00
    Colchester, D'Arcy Rd, Colchester CO2 8BB, UK
    Being held at The Old Heath Community Centre. A chance to meet fellow CNHS members and the committee for an evening of food, drink, talk and of course - the raffle!
  • TALK - Dougal Urquhart – ‘Moths of North-East Essex’
    TALK - Dougal Urquhart – ‘Moths of North-East Essex’
    Tue, 28 Nov
    Old Heath Community Centre
    28 Nov 2023, 19:30 – 21:30
    Old Heath Community Centre, D'Arcy Rd, Colchester CO2 8BB, UK
    Insights into the species most in decline, those on the increase, possible reasons for these changes, conservation action needed, as well as describing the current mothing scene in North-East Essex
  • Winter birds of the Colne Estuary walk - Booking Required
    Winter birds of the Colne Estuary walk - Booking Required
    Sat, 18 Nov
    Wivenhoe
    18 Nov 2023, 09:30
    Wivenhoe, Walter Radcliffe Rd, Wivenhoe, Colchester CO7 9WS, UK
    To book please contact Michael Padmore on 07936 325603. The Colne Estuary is a SSSI of international importance for wintering Brent Geese and supports large numbers of Avocets and Black-tailed Godwits along with a good range of other waterbirds.
  • ONLINE EVENT - Ghost ponds talk and film
    ONLINE EVENT - Ghost ponds talk and film
    Tue, 14 Nov
    ZOOM event
    14 Nov 2023, 19:30 – 21:00
    ZOOM event
    Professor Carl Sayer of the Norfolk Ponds Project gives his lively talk followed by the film Ghost Ponds which Film Director Amanda Sosnowski has given us permission to show. Book your FREE ticket now.
  • Fungi Foray at Chanterelle car park area of High Woods Country Park - Booking Required
    Fungi Foray at Chanterelle car park area of High Woods Country Park - Booking Required
    Sat, 11 Nov
    Chanterelle Car Park, Highwoods CP
    11 Nov 2023, 13:30 – 15:30
    Chanterelle Car Park, Highwoods CP, Chanterelle, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9RY, UK
    Join fungi expert Sarah Manning on this stroll around the woods in the vicinity of the Chanterelle car park area of High Woods Country Park discovering the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow here. Book ith Sarah on 07702 607898.
  • Fungi Foray at Hazeleigh Wood - Booking essential
    Fungi Foray at Hazeleigh Wood - Booking essential
    Sun, 05 Nov
    Hazeleigh Wood
    05 Nov 2023, 10:00 – 15:00
    Hazeleigh Wood, Woodham Mortimer, Maldon CM9 6GT, UK
    Contact Sarah Manning on 07702 607898 to book and for further information, especially regarding footwear and the nature of the site at the time.

Your health and safety

As part of our insurance requirements we do occasionally have to review our procedures at events to ensure that we not only look after our members, but ensure that the committee and walk leaders are not left open to malicious prosecution for accidents that can occasionally occur. The committee is now required to provide Risk Assessments as part of that insurance. This should not affect anyone coming out with us or attending an event, but you may be asked to listen to a short safety talk before setting off. A common sense approach to safety is encouraged to avoid the need for more prescriptive health and safety regulations that could affect our ability to do the activities we have enjoyed since the Society was formed in 1953.

 

First aiders

Some of us are already trained as first aiders by the organisations for which we work, however it is not a requirement for CNHS to provide a qualified first aider for walks. Despite this, the committee feels it would be sensible to provide a portable first aid kit so all walk leaders will carry  one with them.  Members are still advised to take sensible precautions to ensure their own safety when attending organised events.

 

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