Field Studies

Fellowship Afloat's 150-acre saltmarsh is a part of the Essex Estuaries European marine site (part of the EU Natura 2000 series) and has national and international designations for its nature conservation value.

The neighbouring River Blackwater and Colne Estuaries are also of international significance for conservation and provide an example of a dynamic coastal estuarine system.

A wide range of coastal habitat types within easy reach of the centre include: successional saltmarsh communities, intertidal mud and sand flats, subtidal mixed sediments and associated fauna and flora, grazing marsh, associated wetlands and brackish lagoons. There are nearby demonstration sites, which feature coastal realignment and foreshore recharge.

Our centre provides comfortable accommodation, motor boat and dredging facilities and also has a shore-based classroom.

Upcoming courses

Course Date Price
Multi Activity Week (9-11yrs)
Monday 3rd August to Saturday 8th August
£340.00 Book provisionally
Multi Activity Week (12-14yrs)
Sunday 9th August to Friday 14th August
£340.00 Book provisionally
Archery GB Instructor Award (Non-Residential)
Tuesday 8th September to Wednesday 9th September
£175.00 Book provisionally
Archery GB Instructor Award (Residential)
Tuesday 8th September to Wednesday 9th September
£225.00 Book provisionally
Sailaway Day
Saturday 12th September
£45.00 Book provisionally
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
Friday 23rd October to Sunday 25th October
£225.00 Book provisionally
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
Friday 13th November to Sunday 15th November
£215.00 Book provisionally
Estuary Birdwatching
Friday 12th February to Sunday 14th February
£130.00 Book provisionally
East Coast in Watercolour
Friday 12th March to Sunday 14th March
£149.00 Book provisionally