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Langdon Visitor Centre

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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The Haven Plotlands Museum

Langdon visitor centre is set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises of woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens.

Langdon nature reserve is the largest inland reserve managed by Essex Wildlife Trust. The nature reserve occupies some of the highest land in the county, has some commanding views and offers miles of excellent walks, where an abundance of wildlife can be enjoyed. A beautiful wildlife garden is situated directly behind the visitor centre (sorry dogs are not permitted in the garden).

In the summer there is the opportunity to enjoy Turtle Doves, Nightingales and Woodcock, while in the winter thrushes and finches can be enjoyed. There are thirty butterfly species at Langdon including White Admiral, Green Hairstreak, Marbled White and Grizzled Skipper, making this a spectacular reserve for butterflies in Essex. Langdon also offers seven species of wild orchids in bloom in Many and June. Over 350 wild flowering plants have been recorded. Badgers, Foxes and Weasels all thrive in the meadows.

The nature reserve offers walks through many different areas and habitats and can offer the visitor a really interesting day out.

The visitor centre has a display room, gift and bookshop, and refreshments. A full schools programme is available as well as activities for children during holidays and adults / families throughout the year.

The Haven

Langdon also has the Haven plotlands museum. This 1930’s/1940’s museum gives a glimpse in to the life of Londoners who purchased land to turn in to a country getaway. The Haven is the last remaining bungalow out of hundreds which once stood on the reserve. Visit the Haven museum itself complete with authentic memorabilia, gardens, workshop, washroom and Anderson shelter. Please note the Haven museum is NOT open the same hours as the visitor centre.

For further information please visit The Haven Plotlands Museum page.

Access

Directions - Langdon visitor centre is found on Lower Dunton Road, five minutes from the A127 and the A13. Follow brown and white duck signs / Langdon Conservation Centre signs.

From the A127 take the Dunton exit. At the roundabout take the Laindon Town centre/Horndon on the Hill exit. At traffic lights take right hand slip lane, turning into Lower Dunton Road. The visitor centre is approx 1 ½ miles down Lower Dunton Road on the left hand side.

From the A13 take the Stanford-le-Hope / Corringham exit. At the roundabout take the Horndon on the Hill exit, continue on this road until the sharp right hand bend – take the left turn off of this bend, Lower Dunton Road (brown and white duck sign). The visitor centre is approximately 2 miles down Lower Dunton Road on the right hand side. Nearest station Laindon (Fenchurch Street line). No direct bus service.

Dogs are welcome on the Reserve, but must be kept under control at all times.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Meadow, Ponds, Towns and gardens, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Horndon Meadow Nature Reserve
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Thorndon Countryside Centre
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Fobbing Marsh Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Langdon Visitor Centre Lower Dunton Road
Basildon
Essex
SS16 6EB
Map reference
TQ 659 875
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
birdwatching
butterflies
fungi
getting away from it all
historical interest
lichens and mosses
reptiles
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Tuesday to Sunday 9am - 5pm. Open Bank Holidays. Closed Christmas day and Boxing day.
Facilities
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
Size
210.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Limited access please contact the Trust for more information.
Parking
Parking on site
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Sheep, cows and exmoor ponies
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01268 419103
langdon@essexwt.org.uk