Visitor Centre and Nature Reserves

Essex Wildlife Trust is the county's leading conservation charity. We have 11 Visitor Centres, 87 Nature Reserves, 2 Nature Parks and manage 8,400 acres of land.

Essex is blessed with a rich and varied wildlife heritage. It is arguably most famous for its long and sometimes barren coastline that many can enjoy: the rivers, some wonderful ancient woodland, mosaic and grassland, important brownfield sites and coastal grazing marshes. However there is more to Essex than this, with heaths, wetlands and important wildlife corridors scattered throughout the county within the wider farmed countryside. These beautiful and often vulnerable wild places are not static and have evolved gradually over thousands of years in response to climate, soil, water and the impact of humans.

Visitor Centres

Abberton Reservoir Bedfords Park Belfairs Woodland Centre
Chafford Gorges Fingringhoe Wick Hanningfield Reservoir
Ingrebourne Valley Langdon The Naze
Thorndon Countryside Centre Thurrock Thameside Nature Park  


Nature Reserves

Abbotts Hall Farm Aubrey Buxton Blue House Farm
Bradwell Shell Bank Brookes Reserve Chigborough Lakes
Cockaynes Wood Colne Point Copperas Wood
Cranham Marsh Crowsheath Wood Danbury Nature Reserves
Fobbing Marsh Gernon Bushes Great Holland Pits
Gunners Park and Shoebury Ranges Horndon Meadow Howlands Marsh
Hunsdon Mead Iron Latch John Weston
Lexden Gathering Grounds Lion Creek & Lower Raypits Little Haven
Little Waltham Meadows Maldon Wick Meadow Newland Grove
Oakfield Wood Oxley Meadow Phyllis Currie
Pound Wood Ray Island & Bonners Saltings Roding Valley Meadows
Roman River Valley Rushy Mead Sandylay & Moat Woods
Sawbridgeworth Marsh Sergeants Orchard Shadwell Wood
Shotgate Thickets Shut Heath Wood Skippers Island
Stanford Warren Stow Maries Halt Thrift Wood
Tile Wood Tiptree Heath Tollesbury Wick
Two Tree Island Warley Place Weeleyhall Wood
West Wood Westhouse Wood Woodham Fen

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