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!

  • Tue, 11 May
    Online Zoom Talk
    Dr Simon Butler, from the UEA School of Biological Sciences, has been recreating historical dawn choruses from Breeding Bird Survey data to explore how natural soundscapes are changing over time. A unique perspective guaranteed!
  • Tue, 25 May
    Zoom Event
    This AGM replaces the date advertised in Cervus (due to Covid restrictions). Your chance to learn how the Society is doing and put questions to the committee.
  • Tue, 30 Mar
    Online Talk - Limited Tickets
    Liz reveals her approach to photographing some of the smaller wildlife and nature subjects then will announce the results of the 2020 Rose Bowl Photographic Competition
  • Wed, 17 Feb
    Online event - Limited tickets
    An evening in the company of James Canton talking about his BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week, The Oak Papers and the significance of the Honywood Oak.
  • Tue, 19 Jan
    Online event - Limited tickets
    Darren Tansley, mammal ecologist on the Essex Beaver Project, explains how these amazing rodents have triggered a biodiversity explosion while protecting the citizens of Finchingfield from flooding.
  • Tue, 08 Dec
    Online event - Limited tickets
    Everything from a fly's antenna, through to its abdomen and lots of knobbly bits in between plus 33% off "The Inside Out of Flies"!
  • Tue, 17 Nov
    Online Event - Limited tickets
    In association with Colchester Sixth Form College, best-selling author Dave Goulson explains why insects are disappearing fast and how turning our gardens into oases for life & changing how we grow food could help.
  • Wed, 23 Sep
    CNHS Committee ZOOM meeting
    A closed Zoom Meeting for our Committee Members
  • Tue, 25 Feb
    Cardinal Bourne Hall
    Roger is a well known local wildlife photographer whose images tonight will include birds, mammals, butterflies, reptiles and wild flowers.
  • Tue, 28 Jan
    Cardinal Bourne Hall
    Learn what has been happening in the world of wildlife around Colchester in 2019 as well as other Society news and updates.
  • Sun, 26 Jan
    Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir
    Join Dougal Urquhart for a mid winter visit to Abberton in search of winter wildfowl such as smew and goosander, hopefully some Bewick’s swans too.
  • Sat, 07 Dec
    Cardinal Bourne Hall
    A donation of £4 is requested, which includes excellent food and a glass of wine or a soft drink. The company comes free as does the stimulating conversation! The evening ends around 10pm.
  • Tue, 26 Nov
    Cardinal Bourne Hall
    Join Sean Minns for an exploration of the stunning wildlife of the eighth largest country in the world.
  • Sat, 23 Nov
    Chanterelle area of Highwoods CP
    Family friendly walk with Fungi Recorder Sarah Manning in the vicinity of the Chanterelle car park area of High Woods Country Park discovering the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow there.
  • Sat, 16 Nov
    Hazeleigh Wood
    Sarah Manning will once again lead a fungi walk around this wood that was mentioned in the Doomsday Book.
  • Sat, 09 Nov
    Highwoods Country Park
    Booking Essential - Join fungi expert Sarah Manning on this stroll around the woods in the vicinity of the park Visitor Centre discovering the fascinating mushrooms and toadstools that grow here.
  • Sat, 02 Nov
    RSPB Stour Estuary Nature Reserve
    The first of a number of fungi walks to be led by the Society’s Fungi Recorder, Sarah Manning, taking in a range of habitats on this important Nature Reserve.
  • Tue, 29 Oct
    Cardinal Bourne Hall
    Swifts are in dramatic decline. What are the issues and how can we help?

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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