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Aubrey Buxton Nature Reserve

A beautiful nature reserve that was originally the pleasure park to Norman House, this reserve is a high woodland with grassland on a sandy/gravel soil. There are a number of large ponds providing ideal habitat for Great Crested Newts, dragonflies and damselflies.

A beautiful nature reserve which was originally the pleasure park to Norman House. This 24 acre reserve is high woodland with grassland on a sandy/gravel soil. It has three man-made ponds and three further ponds dug in the 1950s when it was a wildlife park. It was donated to Essex Wildlife Trust by Lord and the late Lady Buxton in 1976.

What to look for:

Cowslip, wild Strawberry and Common Spotted Orchid grow in the meadows along with the uncommon Lesser Lady's Mantle and Adderstongue Fern. The many bird species include Nuthatch, all three species of Woodpecker and a number of summer visitors. A large number of butterfly species have been recorded and in good years numbers can be impressive.

Black Poplars have been planted to replace storm-damaged trees. This species formerly played an important part in country life but it is now the most scarce native tree in the county of Essex.

Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Public Transport - hourly bus service along the B1383; get off at the Alsa Lodge turning.

Directions - Just north of Stansted. Turn east off the B1383 on to Alsa Street. The entrance is 200m up a private road (with white gateposts at its end) on the right.

Did you know?

Black Poplars have been planted to replace storm-damaged trees. This species formerly played an important part in country life but it is now the most scarce native tree in the county of Essex.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Rushy Mead Nature Reserve
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Patmore Heath
5 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Thorley Wash
6 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Aubrey Buxton
Nature Reserve
North of Stansted
Essex
Map reference
TL 521 264
Great for...
ancient trees
birdwatching
butterflies
fungi
historical interest
overwintering birds
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times
Size
9.70 hectares
Parking
Car park within the reserve and if gates are closed, there is parking for 2-3 cars at the entrance
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk