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Roman River Valley Nature Reserve

This 44 acre reserve is a fragment of traditional river valley landscape maintained by the Essex Wildlife Trust. The Roman River is a narrow stream at this point, and meanders through marsh and woodland, mostly old.

What to look for:

The marsh is fed by springs and is full of aquatic plants including one that is unusual - the Small Teasel, which has globular white flowers in late summer.

The woodland is ancient and part of Needle Eye Wood, it has a variety of trees including standard Oaks, coppiced Hornbeam and several old Yews. Its flowering plants include Yellow archangel and Moschatel.

Birdlife includes most of the common woodland species and occasionally Nightingales. Like most wetland sites it has a rich insect life as well.


Accessible at all times. Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Public Transport - Bus services from Colchester to Layer and Maldon pass the entrance.

Directions - The entrance is on the west side of the B1026 (Colchester to Layer road) just north of Kingsford Bridge, north of Layer-de-la-Haye.

Did you know?

The Roman River is one of the best preserved river valleys in Essex.

Species and habitats


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Reserve information

Roman River Valley
Nature Reserve
Kingsford Bridge
near Layer-de-la-Haye
Map reference
TL 975 211
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Accessible at all times.
17.80 hectares
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960