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).
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!
- Sat, 13 NovHighwoods CP Chanterelle Car ParkJoin 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.
- Tue, 30 NovQuaker Meeting House - Parnell RoomJoin Christine as she talks about her journey through Iquitos in Peru to visit the Amazon rainforest.
- Sun, 23 JanEWT Abberton Nature Discovery CentreJoin Dougal Urquhart for a mid-winter visit to Abberton reservoir in search of winter wildfowl such as smew and goosander, hopefully some Bewick’s swans too. For more details and booking contact Dougal on 07494 866157.
- Sat, 05 FebHeybridge (W3W croak.socket.destroyer)Wildlife Walk at Heybridge Gravel Pit with Simon Wood and Carla Davis. Contact Carla on 07832 286153 for booking and further information, weather dependant. We would hope to see many wintering waders and wildfowl.
- Sat, 19 MarEast Bridge (W3W fried.august.deck)Led by Sven Wair - please book on 07504 095352. At this time of year, we will probably have close views of wintering Teal on the river, and possibly some waders and Grey Wagtails, or even a Kingfisher.
- Tue, 29 MarQuaker Meeting House - Parnell RoomFor Chris Gibson, lockdown has meant progressing something he has always wanted to do – writing a book to help put the Essex Coast on the map. Expect a fabulous talk from a wonderful speaker.
- Sat, 23 OctHumberlands (W3W hazy.microfilm.vets)Join fungi expert Sarah Manning for a walk around this interesting site with a wide variety of habitats. Booking essential on email@example.com or 01206 394184.
- Sat, 16 OctHighwoods Country Park Visitor CentreJoin 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.
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.
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.