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Wildlife and nature attractions in Essex


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!

Epping Forest Visitor Centre
Green Flag Award

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

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.

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.

RSPB South Essex
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

RSPB South Essex, SS16 4UH, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/s/southessexmarshes

The RSPB in South Essex has a collection of reserves to visit including the RSPB South Essex Wildlife Garden, West Canvey Marsh and Bowers Marsh.

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.

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.


Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0PS, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/w/westcanveymarsh/

West Canvey Marsh is the largest single area of green space on Canvey Island. This wonderful wetland reserve includes nearly two miles (3 km) of new nature trails, three viewing points, a picnic area and children's adventure area.

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.

VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

Weald Road, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 5AY, Tel: 01277 375177, Email, www.omdfarm.co.uk

An award winning Educational Farm Park in the Essex Countryside on the outskirts of east London with farmyard favourites and exotic animals plus indoor and outdoor leisure activities. Open all year round.

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!

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

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 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.

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.

Blakes Wood

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

Bobbit's Hole Nature Reserve

Main Rd, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 3HJ, Tel: 01255 553610, Email

A small nature reserve of approx 2 acres with a small pond. Used by local groups, schools etc for educational purposes. Also by general public to view flora & fauna

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.