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Wildlife and nature attractions in Essex

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Blakes Wood

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

 
 
Vange Marsh in winter
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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.

 
 
RSPB Old Hall Marshes Nature Reserve

1 Old Hall Lane, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Maldon, Essex, CM9 8TP, Email

An opportunity to see an abundance of coastal wetland bird species in their natural environment.

 
 
RSPB Rainham Marshes nature reserve
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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!

 
 
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.

 
 
www.omdfarm.co.uk
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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.

 
 
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.

 
 
RSPB

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.

 
 
Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre
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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.

 
 
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.

 
 
Lee Valley Park Farm
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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.

 
 
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.

 
 
Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village
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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.

 
 
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.

 
 
Hanningfield Reservoir

Giffords Lane, South Hanningfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8HX, Tel: 01268 712186, Email, www.eswater.co.uk

Hanningfield Reservoir, set in a picturesque part of Essex is open for visitors to enjoy a day out in the beautiful landscape. .

 
 
Colchester Zoo
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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!

 
 
 
Tropical Wings World of Wildlife
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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!

 
 
Marsh Farm Country Park
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Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, CM3 5WP, Tel: 01245 321552, Email, www.marshfarm.co.uk

With 50 Acres of Magical Fun for Everyone, have a fabulous family day out at Marsh farm. Take part in many of the animal interactions and shows, including Pesky Pets Show, Pony Grooming and meet a Pet.