Two Mills

Independent Adult Education

Chelmsford, Essex

Essex Countryside & Wildlife Course BLOG :

Welcome to my blog as the Tutor of

Essex Countryside & Wildlife Course


I'm ROGER TABOR, and this blog is to give a flavour of the activities on the course. What does it cover?


Everything about the history & wildlife of Essex & its countryside!


Every evening & every year of the course is different as we follow an ever changing range of topics.


I note here some of the things we have looked at!


When you get to the bottom of a page, to see more click on 'older' for earlier posts on other topics.

By Roger Tabor, Aug 1 2018 12:59PM

Stepped back into the world of Arthur Ransome's "Secret Water", the really charming old thatched pilot's cottage & the Quay which Ransome dubbed 'Witch's Cottage' & 'Witch's Quay'. We were lucky to arrive to a low tide sea-mist across Kirby Creek & Horsey Mere giving what we could glimpse of Horsey Island an ethereal view. Wonderfully atmospheric. Ransome dubbed the Mere 'the Red Sea' as he had the youngsters marooned in the middle of 'the Wade' with incoming tide.

By Roger Tabor, Aug 23 2017 05:25PM

This amazing course of the history & wildlife of Essex has been running for almost 40 years now, so many people have been enjoying it over the years. If you want to know more about the history & wildlife in this fantastic county of Essex Enrol now as the new term starts on 2nd October. Details on this website. Contact via the email page or ring.

By Roger Tabor, Aug 23 2017 05:15PM

A real treat to walk in the dappled light of this ancient woodland & to find a great range of wild flowers, including ones such as Hedge Woundwort, which as its name implies was used in the past to treat wounds by village herbalists. Beautiful Labiate flowers with beetroot & cream colours in matched swirls.

By Roger Tabor, Aug 23 2017 05:06PM

We visited this important ancient wood on chalky boulder clay in NW Essex in early June 2017, delighted to spot significant Essex plants, Crested Cow Wheat & Herb Paris among others. The wood is still coppice managed (today by EWT) as it has been for centuries. [Many on the course are EWT members].

By Roger Tabor, Aug 23 2017 04:53PM

What a great pub at Wendens Ambo, Essex, - Bell inn, its timber beams still topped by boards. From a puddle in the car park we watched a busy group of house martins in action! We are surrounded by great history & wildlife views at every turn!

By Roger Tabor, Aug 23 2017 04:45PM

Brilliant lunch at the Axe & Compasses, Arkesden, in a fabulous timber framed building. Our Annual Day Out visits to a more distant part of the county from our Chelmsford base brings great lunch & morning & afternoon refreshment stops at historically interesting places! Thanks again to our transport by Jacksons Coaches of Bicknacre! You don't go hungry on these great visits of our course!