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image for Nature Reserve item typeRSPB South Essex Wildlife Garden at RSPB South Essex

  • VistEngland VAQAS
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Nature Reserve, free entry

VAQAS

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Four spot chaser by Dave Gonning

Contact

Rachael Brown/Visitor Experience Officer

01268 498620

Address

RSPB South Essex Visitor Centre,
Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane,
Basildon,
Essex,
SS16 4UH

Details

There’s something for everyone, whether you’re new to nature or already nuts about it! The RSPB South Essex Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre is the perfect place to start looking for birds, with fantastic views of garden birds from the Visitor Centre window. Wat Tyler Country Park is also a great place to head out and catch your first glimpses of waders foraging in the mud.

There's always something going on for families on site. Watch the birds in the Wildlife Garden, discover minibeasts in our aquarium, follow the nesting birds on our live CCTV cameras or at weekends have a go at one of our nature-themed activities.

From this base we manage 6 local reserves: Bowers Marsh, West Canvey Marsh, Canvey Wick, Vange March, Vange Wick and Stanford Wharf. Here at the visitor centre you can learn more about these sites and the work we do to Give Nature a Home.
Along with this you can find out what you can do to help nature and the events we host out and about on our reserves. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the RSPB, as an individual, family or Wildlife Explorer for children, this can also be done from the RSPB Visitor Centre in Wat Tyler Country Park.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for groups

We have received a Visit England Quality Rose Marque as of 9 December 2015. If you would like something guided for a group please contact us well in advance to see what we can arrange. Whilst our RSPB Visitor Centre does not have a cafe or toilet facilities, these are available in the Wat Tyler Country Park at the Wat Tyler Visitor Centre, which also has disabled access and a gift shop.

Opening details

Winter Summer
Tuesday 10:00-16:00 10:00-17:00
Wednesday 10:00-16:00 10:00-17:00
Thursday 10:00-16:00 10:00-17:00
Friday 10:00-16:00 10:00-17:00
Saturday 10:00-16:00 10:00-17:00
Sunday 10:00-16:00 10:00-17:00

Prices

Free entry

There are charges for some activities and events, but entry to the visitor centre and onto the reserves is free. For guided events for groups we request a donation towards our work of around £3 to £5 per head.

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Location

Directions

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Map reference: TQ 738863  Lat: 51.54889 Long: 0.50610

By train:
The nearest railway station is Pitsea and is around 1.6km or 1 mile away from the RSPB Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre. There is a regular taxi service from Pitsea station.

By bus:
The nearest stop is at Pitsea Tesco approx 2km from the Wildlife Garden. The no.5 bus running between Basildon and Pitsea stops here every 15-20 minutes Monday-Saturday and every 30 minutes on Sundays. Other bus services stop at Pitsea Broadway approximately 2.4 km (1.8 miles) from the Wildlife Garden. Buses from Laindon (no.8), Canvey Island (no.22) and Southend (no.2), run every 15-20 minutes Monday-Saturday and every hour on Sundays.

By road:
If you’re arriving by car or cycle turn off the A13 at the Pitsea junction and follow brown tourist signs for Wat Tyler Country Park. Travel down Pitsea Hall Lane, go straight over the mini-roundabout, the cross the railway crossing. Drive approximately 1.6km (1 mile) into Wat Tyler Country, then park in the car park. Disabled parking is available to the front of the Wat Tyler Centre and The Green Centre, also located within the country park.

Sat nav POI file:
If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Other ways to get to the reserve:
If you're coming from Pitsea station (about 1.6km or 1 mile away), turn left and cross the level crossing. Stay on the same road. The entrance to the country park is 5-10 minutes walk. On the route down into the park you will need to cross over the road, a clearly marked zebra crossing is available. Once inside the country park, continue walking for 10-15 minutes. The Wildlife Garden and Visitor Centre are on the right hand side just before reaching the Wat Tyler Centre and the main car park.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Pitsea station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

We have received a Visit England Quality Rose Marque as of 9 December 2015. If you would like something guided for a group please contact us well in advance to see what we can arrange. Whilst our RSPB Visitor Centre does not have a cafe or toilet facilities, these are available in the Wat Tyler Country Park at the Wat Tyler Visitor Centre, which also has disabled access and a gift shop.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors

Entrance

  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system