Abberton Reservoir
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  • Abberton Reservoir
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A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir. The huge expanse of Essex & Suffolk Water's Abberton Reservoir is one of Europe's top wetland sites and is well worth a visit.

Walk, explore and play on site, there is something for everyone to discover!

*Play area

*Bramley Hedge sculpture trail

*Bird hides

*Accessible footpaths

*Café offering hot drinks and refreshments

*Shop – Nature based books & gifts, binoculars and bird food.

We run an exciting range of events for all ages across our Nature Discovery Centres, please visit our Facebook pages for the most up to date information and booking details. https://www.facebook.com/EWTAbberton

Car parking and toilets including disabled and baby change facilities on site. Footpaths are buggy friendly. All terrain mobility scooter avaible to hire.

Essex Wildlife Trust is the county’s leading conservation charity, committed to protecting wildlife and inspiring a lifelong love of nature. We value your support, all income generated from our sites enables us to continue this great work – thank you.

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Essex Wildlife Trust is a conservation charity - suggested donation is stated at the welcome desk.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

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      Map & Directions

      Road Directions

      Take the B1026 from Colchester and follow it for about 5 miles to AbbertonThe nearest railway station is Colchester Town, which is 5 miles away.

      Abberton Reservoir Nature Discovery Park

      Type:Nature Reserve

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

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      * Temporarily closed for the duration of lockdown - Nature Reserve remains open, please check our website for more information.

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