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Stow Maries Halt Nature Reserve

This 5.5 acre reserve consists of the former Stow Maries Halt on the disused Maldon to South Woodham Ferrers railway line, along with an adjoining four-acre meadow acquired later.

What to look for:

The remains of the platform are still visible by the reserve entrance and four species of fern - Wall-rue, Maidenhair Spleenwort, Black Spleenwort and Hartstongue - grow in the mortar of the bridge.

Scrub has been cleared from the lower part and a pond has been excavated in marshy ground in the north west corner. In late spring there are many Common Spotted Orchids and a number of Adderstongue Ferns, followed in summer by Common Fleabane, Wild Carrot and St John's Wort.

The reserve has a good selection of butterflies, including Purple and White-letter Hairstreaks, and dragonflies.

Accessible at all times with late spring being the best time for orchids and summer for wild flowers and insects. Please keep your dog on a lead when sheep are grazing on the reserve.

Public Transport - Nothing suitable.

Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Directions - Reached via Church Lane, which connects the lower Burnham road between South Woodham Ferrers and North Fambridge with the road through Stow Maries village. Cars can be parked on the wide grass verge of the bridge over the dismantled railway.

Did you know?

Glow-worms reliably put on a show in July every year, scattered through the reserve.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Blue House Farm Nature Reserve
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Woodham Fen Nature Reserve
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Thrift Wood Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Stow Maries Halt
Nature Reserve
Stow Maries
Map reference
TQ 835 991
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Accessible at all times
2.23 hectares
Walking information
Please keep dogs on a lead if sheep are grazing.
Cars can be parked on the wide grass verge of the bridge over the dismantled railway
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960