Get Involved in Nature

As part of its celebration of local natural history hero John Ray Braintree District Museum is keen to get more local people involved in nature in Essex, and to build partnerships with other local natural history organisations. Below are details of some of the organisations we are already working in partnership with and information on their public activities.

Central and North Essex Branch of the British Naturalists

The Central and North Essex Branch of the British Naturalists is the local branch of a national organisation headed by TV naturalist David Bellamy. Many of their members are distinguished Natural History experts whilst others are enthusiastic amateurs who love the subject and are keen to learn more about it.

They organise a regular programme of conferences, talks, field meetings and publications aimed at experts and amateurs, adults and children.

Braintree District Museum is pleased to be working in partnership with the local British Naturalists and they currently have a display at the museum. Visit our John Ray gallery to see some stunning photographs of insects from around Essex and to find out more about some of the different species of butterfly that you can see round the county, as well for more information about the group’s activities and how to join them.

To find out more about the group visit their website at 

Essex Field Club

The Essex Field Club is a society for wildlife enthusiasts and people with an interest in the natural history and geology of Essex, run entirely by volunteers with a professional ethos. The club runs a public centre for Biodiversity and Geodiversity in the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park at Pitsea. To find out more visit their website at:

They also run a series of courses and workshops, for details of their next course ‘Marine Algae under the microscope’ on Sunday 23 March 2014 please click here: Marine algae poster

Braintree District Museum was pleased to be invited to run a stand at the Club’s Annual Exhibition on the 7th December 2013 . This provided a great opportunity to make contact with other local nature groups and to raise awareness of the important contributions of local nature hero John Ray. We look forward to working further with Essex Field Club in the future.