Abbotts Hall Farm
Saltmarsh and estuary at Abbotts Hall Farm

Saltmarsh and estuary at Abbotts Hall Farm

View from hide over estuary

View from hide over estuary

A 700 acre coastal farm and the head office of Essex Wildlife Trust situated on the Blackwater Estuary. Visitors can see the success of the coastal realignment project and enjoy a fantastic, wildlife packed walk. An exemplar of how to farm commercially and for wildlife.

Location

Abbotts Hall Farm, Maldon Road, Great Wigborough
Colchester
CO5 7RZ
A static map of Abbotts Hall Farm

Know before you go

Size
282 hectares

Parking information

Large on site car park

Bicycle parking

Yes

Grazing animals

Sheep

Access

Please contact Abbotts Hall Farm for more information.

Dogs

No dogs permitted
Dogs only allowed on designated dog walk.

Facilities

Bird hides
Toilets
Picnic area
Disabled toilet

When to visit

Opening times

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Abbotts Hall Farm is the head office of Essex Wildlife Trust. It links together over 3,000 acres of wildlife rich land along a 25km stretch of Essex Coast. The farm is situated on the Blackwater Estuary, an internationally important area for wildlife.

The 700 acres farm shows how sustainable coastal defences can lead to the creation of coastal marshes that are vital for the future of both wildlife and people. This is a working farm where Essex Wildlife Trust is aiming to show how wildlife can flourish alongside profitable farming.

Please take time to enjoy the beautiful gardens at Abbotts Hall, which are lovingly and carefully tended by volunteers.

Contact us

Essex Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01621 862960
Contact email: admin@essexwt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Ramsar
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)
Abbotts Hall Farm

Coastal Defence and Realignment

Essex Wildlife Trust purchased Abbotts Hall Farm in 1999 and was keen to work with the Environment Agency to try and re-grow new coastal marshes on the Essex Coast. 

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The Farm

Abbotts Hall Farm is a working farm, but there are many footpaths for visitors to enjoy. Essex Wildlife Trust has made changes to the farm, such as improving the farm for wildlife. 

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Historical Interest

There are several points on your walk where you can get a vision of the historical landscape. The Great Wigborough Henge is on slightly raised area and reputed to be the site of a wooden henge or round house. There are eight Red Hills on the site which indicate Iron Age/Roman salt production.

Nearby Natures Reserves