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
Estuary Birdwatching
Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th February
£130.00 Book provisionally
ERCA High Ropes Instructor
Tuesday 18th February to Friday 21st February
£450.00 Book provisionally
East Coast in Watercolour
Friday 13th March to Sunday 15th March
£149.00 Book provisionally
RYA Instructor Pre-Entry Assessment
Sunday 15th March
£60.00 Book provisionally
RYA Dinghy Instructor
Friday 3rd April to Wednesday 8th April
£400.00 Book provisionally
Easter Adventure Week
Saturday 4th April to Thursday 9th April
£290.00 Book provisionally
Sailaway Day
Saturday 25th April
£45.00 Book provisionally
RYA Powerboat Level 1 and 2
Saturday 9th May to Sunday 10th May
£225.00 Book provisionally
RYA Safety Boat
Saturday 9th May to Sunday 10th May
£225.00 Book provisionally
Sailaway Day
Saturday 23rd May
£45.00 Book provisionally
RYA Young Sailors
Wednesday 27th May to Friday 29th May
£165.00 Book provisionally
Sailaway Day
Saturday 25th July
£45.00 Book provisionally
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
East Coast in Watercolour
Friday 27th November to Sunday 29th November
£149.00 Book provisionally