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Wildlife and nature attractions in Essex.

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The Avenue, Brentwood, CM1 1QH

tel: 01277 211250

Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.

 

South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS

tel: 01277 261 343

Visit the Stick Man Play Trail at Weald Country Park for great family fun across our seven areas of interactive themed play equipment.

 

Church Road, Layer-de-la-Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU

tel: 01206 738172

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.

 

Bedfords Park, Broxhill Road, Havering-atte-Bower, Romford, Essex, RM4 1QH

tel: 01708 748646

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.

 

Belfairs Woodland Centre, Eastwood Road North, Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, SS9 4LR

tel: 01702 477467

A modern, attractive and welcoming Visitor’s Centre set in the ancient Belfairs Woodland. We have a small café, an education facility and an interesting shop. We offer a number of walks, talks and events throughout the year.

 

Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 6GU

tel: 01621 862960

Blue House Farm was bought by the Essex Wildlife Trust in 1998 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other donors.

 

Southminster, Essex, CM0 7PW

tel: 01621 862960

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.

 

Chafford Gorges Nature Park, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred Grays, Thurrock, RM16 6RG

tel: 01375 484016

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.

 

Maldon, Essex, CM9 4RE

tel: 01621 862960

An area of worked-out flooded gravel pits to the north of the River Blackwater. It has a variety of habitats including willow carr, open water, small ponds and marshy areas, rough grassland, and willow and hawthorn scrub.

 

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Colchester Roman Circus Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester, Essex, CO2 7GZ

tel: 01206 282920

The Colchester Roman circus (chariot-racing arena) was discovered in 2005. It was built in the early 2nd century AD and seems to have been in use for about 150 years. It is the only known Roman circus in Britain.

 

Fir Tree Lane, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4SS

The Essex Wildlife Trust manages nearly 240 acres of nature reserves on Danbury Ridge, a patchwork of woodland, common, heathland, streams, bogs and farmland

 

Green Flag Award

Epping Forest, Paul's Nursery Road, Loughton, Essex, IG10 4AE

tel: 0208 5296681

Epping Forest is of national and international conservation importance with two thirds of it being designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.

 

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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex, CO5 7DN

tel: 01206 729678

Stunning 200 acre nature reserve situated on the banks of the River Colne. Visitor centre includes gift shop, tearoom, toilets and baby changing facilities.

 

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Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex, CM11 1WT

tel: 01268 711001

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.

 

Hornchurch Country Park, Squadron’s Approach, Hornchurch, RM12 6DF

tel: 01708 520364

Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre is situated in Hornchurch Country Park and has fantastic views over the Valley which gives it its name.

 

Essex Wildlife Trust, Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex, SS16 6EJ

tel: 01268 419103

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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Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF

tel: 01992 892781

Let the kids go wild, Lee Valley Park Farms where there’s so much to see and do one visit is never enough!

 

Maldon, Essex, CM9 6GG

tel: 01621 862960

This 15 acre reserve consists of 1.5 miles of the former Maldon-Woodham Ferrers railway line, most of it on embankment. The northern 250m of the embankment has been isolated by the Maldon southern link road.