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Wildlife and nature attractions in Essex


Blakes Wood

Off Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2, Tel: 01245 227662, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Owned by the National Trust, Danbury Commons and Blakes wood encompass a large expanse of heathland, gorse and coppice, in addition to woodland.

Vange Marsh in winter
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Pitsea, Essex, SS13 3JX, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/v/vangemarsh/

Vange Marsh is a mosaic of wetland habitats in South Essex. Fresh and saltwater lagoons attract breeding avocets, common terns, little ringed plovers, lapwings and reed buntings.

Hatfield Forest

The National Trust, Hatfield Forest Estate Office, Takeley, Essex, CM22 6NE, Tel: 01279 870678, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hatfield-forest

Hatfield Forest is a rare surviving example of a Medieval Royal Hunting Forest. It has wonderful ancient trees which are like magnificent living sculptures. Visit the shore of the lake & find all the facilities you need.

Lee Valley Park Farm
VistEngland VAQAS

Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF, Tel: 01992 892781, Email, www.visitleevalley.org.uk

Go wild at Lee Valley Park Farms! Meet all the animals from cuddly sheep to the loveable meerkat family. Explore the fantastic indoor and outdoor adventure play areas where the kids can go whooshing down the slopes on our toboggan run.

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
VistEngland VAQAS

South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN, Tel: 01206 729678, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick

Nature reserve-125 acres of mixed habitat on the Colne Estuary. Nature trails, wheelchair access, bird hides, gift shop and visitor centre with tea room. Friendly atmosphere. Regular events for adults and children.

Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT, Tel: 01268 711001, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/hanningfield-reservoir

A warm welcome will always greet you at Hanningfield reservoir visitor centre.The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and offers superb views over the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir.

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD, Tel: 01268 520176, Email, www.imperialbirdofpreyacademy.com

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy is the leading Bird of Prey centre in Essex offering experience days, school visits, static and flying displays.

Hanningfield Reservoir

The Fishing Lodge, Giffords Lane, South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8HX, Tel: 01268 712187, Email, www.eswater.co.uk/gofishing

Hanningfield Reservoir Trout Fishery is one of the premier trout fisheries in the Uk providing some of the best trout fishing by bank or boat. For further details please ring 01268 712180

Northey Island

Northey Cottage, Northey Island, Maldon, Essex, UK, Tel: 01376 562226, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/northey-island

Small Island in the Blackwater Estuary with a large area of undisturbed salt marsh. Site of special scientific interest. Site of the Battle of the Maldon in AD991. Guided tours by prior arrangement.

RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

The Visitor Centre, New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex, RM19 1SZ, Tel: 01708 899840, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/rainham

RSPB Rainham Marshes is a unique nature reserve which has been restored to a grazing marshland following 100 years of use as a MoD shooting range. Today the reserve is a fabulous place for wildlife - and for you to get close views!

Blakes Wood

Riffhams Chase, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4AU, Tel: 01245 227662, Email

Epping Forest Visitor Centre
Green Flag Award

Paul's Nursery Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AE, Tel: 0208 5296681, Email, www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/epping

Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village
VistEngland VAQASEssex Tourism AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2UD, Tel: 01268 532253, www.barleylands.co.uk

Free range family fun in the Farm Park with all weather activities; farmyard friends, soft play, outdoor adventures, tractor & trailer ride, miniature train and more. Plus 60+ Craft Village shops & studios to discover.

Copt Hall

Little Wigborough, Essex, UK, Tel: 01376 562226, Email, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/copt-hall-marshes

Situated on the remote and attractive Blackwater Estuary, they are part of the Blackwater site of Special Scientific Interest. The salt marshes are rich in overwintering wildfowl and wading birds.

RSPB Stour Estuary Nature Reserve

Harwich Road, Wrabness, Essex, CO12 5ND, Tel: 01206 391153, Email, www.rspb.org.uk

Estuarine nature reserve, with adjacent woodland & views over the Stour. Famed for large numbers of waterfowl in winter & a range of breeding woodland birds in summer, including the nightingale. Easy walking distance from Wrabness Station.

RSPB Bowers Marsh
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Chruch Road, Bowers Gifford, Essex, SS13 2HG, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/b/bowersmarsh

Bowers Marsh is an ancient landscape alive with the sights and sounds of wildlife. This grazing marsh has played a vital role in the lives of people and wildlife for centuries.

Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
Essex Tourism Awards

Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5QZ, Tel: 01245 425394, Email, www.tropicalwings.co.uk

Tropical Wings Zoo is home to exotic animals, birds of prey and free flying butterflies in our Tropical House making it a great day out for everyone!

Colchester Zoo
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 0SL, Tel: 01206 331292, Email, www.colchesterzoo.org

One of Europe's finest zoos; with over 260 species and 50 daily displays including the chance to feed elephants and giraffes yourself!