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EVENTS

Indoor Meetings (Sep-April)

The Society now holds its indoor meetings Old Heath Community Centre in D’Arcy Road, Old Heath, CO2 8BB starting at 7.30pm. The Centre is at the eastern end of D’Arcy Road, close to Old Heath Road, which is the main road from town to Rowhedge – not far from the junction off to the Whitehall Industrial Estate. The hall itself only has parking for five cars and a disabled space but there is plenty of on-street parking too. The modern spacious hall, is energy efficient and warm with a fully functional kitchen for us to use, as well as toilets.

Field Trips

All field trips will need to be booked this year - there is no charge unless stated differently.

 

Come along and join us for an enjoyable part day or a whole day out, you don’t have to be an expert. We are a friendly group with varying degrees  of knowledge and interests. Everyone is welcome, including non-members too. Please 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). Sunscreen and a hat are also recommended at appropriate times.

  • Stour Wood and Copperas Bay Walk - Russell Leavett
    Stour Wood and Copperas Bay Walk - Russell Leavett
    Wed, 10 Jul
    Wrabness
    10 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 12:30
    Wrabness, Wrabness Rd, Wrabness, Ramsey, Harwich CO12 5ND, UK
    The walk will be led by Russell Leavett who managed the Nature Reserve on behalf of the RSPB/Woodland Trust for twenty years from 1982. Join us for a journey through the sweet chestnut wood of Stour Wood and the mud flats of Copperas Bay.
  • Wildlife Walk at Cymbeline Meadows - Dougal Urquhart
    Wildlife Walk at Cymbeline Meadows - Dougal Urquhart
    Sun, 14 Jul
    Colchester
    14 Jul 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Colchester, The Chase Way & Bakers Ln, Colchester CO3 4AR, UK
    This 74ha working farm owned by Colchester City Council is a Local Wildlife Site and consists of a variety of wildlife habitats and the river Colne. We will be exploring many of these habitats and looking out for whatever wildlife catches our eyes.
  • Refuse Site to Wildlife Haven: An Exploration of Westlands Country Park - Carla Davis
    Refuse Site to Wildlife Haven: An Exploration of Westlands Country Park - Carla Davis
    Sun, 21 Jul
    James Carter Rd, Colchester CO3, UK
    21 Jul 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    James Carter Rd, Colchester CO3, UK
    See how this site has developed into a wildlife haven, a far cry from its former refuse site beginnings. Join the Ranger to discover what wildlife and wildflowers can be found in the grassland.
  • Wildlife Walk at High Woods Country Park
    Wildlife Walk at High Woods Country Park
    Sun, 28 Jul
    Colchester
    28 Jul 2024, 10:30 – 12:30
    Colchester, 174 Turner Rd, Colchester CO4 5JR, UK
    Join the Ranger looking at plants, birds, insects and any other wildlife we may come across on this pleasant walk through the park.
  • Mothing Session at Tiptree Heath - Dougal Urquhart
    Mothing Session at Tiptree Heath - Dougal Urquhart
    Wed, 07 Aug
    Tiptree Heath
    07 Aug 2024, 20:00 – 22:30
    Tiptree Heath, Tiptree Heath, Colchester CO5 0QE, UK
    Tiptree Heath is a small fragment of what was once a much larger area of heathland that stretched from Maldon to Messing. For such a small area it holds a wealth of wildlife. Moth trapping here in the past has always been very productive with a number of scarce and attractive species being caught.
  • Wildlife Walk at Middlewick Ranges - Dougal Urquhart
    Wildlife Walk at Middlewick Ranges - Dougal Urquhart
    Sun, 11 Aug
    Colchester
    11 Aug 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Colchester, Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester CO2, UK
    Join Dougal on an exploration of this rich grassland site on the south side of Colchester, still owned by the MOD but threatened with development.
  • Hunt for the Heath Bumblebee (and friends) - Ted Benton and Friends of the Heath
    Hunt for the Heath Bumblebee (and friends) - Ted Benton and Friends of the Heath
    Wed, 14 Aug
    Tiptree Heath
    14 Aug 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Tiptree Heath, Tiptree Heath, Colchester CO5 0QE, UK
    An afternoon spent with Ted Benton looking for the Essex-rare Heath Bumblebee amongst other insects, such as the Mottled Grasshopper, Common Groundhopper, Heather Mining Bee and the Green-eyed Flower Bee. Tiptree Heath is a fine heathland site, a rare habitat in Essex.
  • Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve Flora Survey -  Carla Davis
    Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve Flora Survey -  Carla Davis
    Sun, 18 Aug
    Colchester
    18 Aug 2024, 10:00 – 12:00
    Colchester, Colchester CO3 3TJ, UK
    This site is a hidden gem for wildlife. We will be in the meadows looking at the wildflowers and other plants. Pignut, Harebell and Devil’s-bit Scabious are found on site along with a wild range of other species. A natural spring rises to form an interesting pond and wet meadow area.

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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