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Fingringhoe Wick was Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve (1961), some years later it was where the Trust opened their first visitor centre. Sixty years on visitors are still coming to see this magical place. Set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary the reserve offers a sense of real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all.

The Nature Reserve is now a SSSI (Site Special Scientific Interest), a wildlife haven of over 200 acres (80 hectares) hosting up to 200 species of birds, 27 species of dragonflies and damselflies, 24 species of butterfly, 350 species of flowering plants, as well as Adders, Badgers and many other animals.

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

*Woodland walks and estuary views

*Nature Discovery area for children

*Bird Hides

*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.

Car park, toilets including disabled and baby change facilities on site. 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

Guide Prices

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



  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

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


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

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

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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    Signposted off B1025 Colchester to Mersea Island road.

    Fingringhoe Wick Nature Discovery Park

    Type:Nature Reserve

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

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