Wildlife and nature attractions in Essex
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!
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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.