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Bedfords Park Visitor Centre

Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH, Tel: 01708 748646, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bedfords-park

The visitor centre is in the middle of the 215 acres of Bedfords Park, open 7 days a week 9-5, 9-4 in the winter. It has a gift shop, seating area and a small cafe offering refreshments.

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  • Rail station: Harold Wood (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Bobbit's Hole Nature Reserve

Main Rd, Dovercourt, Essex, CO12 3HJ, Tel: 01255 553610, Email, www.harwich-society.co.uk

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  • Rail station: Dovercourt (0 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
  • Guided tour(s)
 
 
 
Chafford Gorges Nature Park

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred Grays, Thurrock, RM16 6RG, Tel: 01375 484016, Email

Chafford Gorges visitor centre is set in a spectacular position over looking Warren Gorge. Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200 acres of green space for numerous wildlife and recreation for the 12,500 people living in Chafford Hundred.

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  • Rail station: Chafford Hundred (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve
VistEngland VAQASSelf-assessed Accessibility Information

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

Stunning 125 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. It has a diverse range of habitats and 8 nature watching hides
The visitor centre: includes gift shop, Tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities

 
 
 
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.

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  • Rail station: Wickford (3 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Langdon Visitor Centre

Essex Wildlife Trust, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex, SS16 6EJ, Tel: 01268 419103, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk

Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

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  • Rail station: Laindon (4 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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.

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  • Rail station: Purfleet (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
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RSPB South Essex Visitor Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Basildon, Essex, SS16 4UH, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/southessexmarshes

South Essex Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre are located within Basildon District Council's Wat Tyler Country Park and are the perfect place to find out more about the RSPB, enjoy a stroll in peaceful surroundings.

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  • Rail station: Pitsea (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
RSPB Wallasea Island
Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Grapnells Farm, Creeksea Ferry Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 2HD, Tel: 01268 498620, Email, www.rspb.org.uk/wallaseaisland

RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe.

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  • Rail station: Rochford or Hockley (6 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Mucking Wharf Road, Mucking, Stanford le Hope, Essex, SS17 0RN, Tel: 01375 643342, Email, www.facebook.com/EWTTTNP

A stunning and innovative visitor centre and Nature Park created on a former landfill site, with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary. Café, gift shop, adventure playground, footpaths and cycle ways across 120 acres.

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  • Rail station: Stanford Le Hope (2 miles)
  • Parking: free
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Abberton Reservoir

Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU, Tel: 01206 738172, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/abberton-reservoir

Centre run by the Essex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Essex & Suffolk Water, at a sight of international importance for winter wildfowl. Nature trails, bird hides, events & shop selling refreshments, gifts, optics & books.

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  • Rail station: Colchester Town (5 miles)
  • Children welcome
  • Disabled access
 
 
 
Bradwell Shell Bank

Southminster, Essex, CM0 7PW, Tel: 01621 862960, Email, www.essexwt.org.uk/reserves/bradwell-shell-bank

Bradwell Cockle Spit on the Dengie Peninsular consists of some 30 acres of shell bank together with extensive saltmarsh. The spit has been built up by tidal currents and is mainly cockle and oyster shells.

 
 
Norsey Wood Local Nature Reserve

Outwood Common Road, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1HA, Tel: 01277 624553, Email, www.basildon.gov.uk

Traditionally coppiced ancient woodland steeped in history. Easy access trail. Information/education centre. Guided tours and craft displays. Site of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Ancient Monument. Owned by Basildon Council.

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  • Rail station: Billericay (1 mile)
  • Parking: free
  • Disabled access
 
 
 

Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, Essex, CM19 4SF, Tel: 01279 430005, Email, www.visitharlow.com

Ancient woodland with a fine variety of birds, mammals and insects. Facilities include two nature trails with hides for observing wildlife and a study centre. School visits welcome by appt.

 
 
The Naze

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, CO14 8LJ, Tel: 01255 686633, Email, www.essex-sunshine-coast.org.uk

The Naze is located just north of Walton-on-the-Naze, in North East Essex. The beautiful Naze cliffs and national nature reserve provide the perfect opportunity for walking and bird watching.

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  • Rail station: Walton (2 miles)
  • Parking: with charge
  • Children welcome
  • Free entry
 
 
 
Two Tree Island

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, UK

Two Tree Island is a large nature reserve with a stunning lagoon on its western tip.