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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 thoroughly recommended at appropriate times. Please take care of your own Covid security and obviously the Society will adhere to any new restrictions, should they become necessary.

  • 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.
  • Stour Estuary walk, Mistley - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
    Stour Estuary walk, Mistley - BOOKING ESSENTIAL
    Sat, 09 Mar
    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 - 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.
  • 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, tor you might wish to update members on a project that you are working on.

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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