Bedfords Park Visitor Centre
Essex Wildlife Trust has taken the difficult decision to close Bedfords Park Nature Discovery Centre to prioritise the welfare of our staff, volunteers and members of the public and sadly we have cancelled all of our events until the end of June.
Please read the Trust’s latest statement on COVID-19 here.
Thank you for your support and patience, we look forward to welcoming you back to the centre as soon as we can.
Know before you go
Parking informationLarge free on site car park
Grazing animalsRed Deer
Various routes around the reserve, call into the visitor centre for more details.
Access available to the visitor centre, please ask for reserve routes.
When to visit
Opening timesThe visitor centre will be closed until further notice.
Best time to visitAll year
About the reserve
The visitor centre offers visitors a really warm welcome and the opportunity to find out about the wildlife within the Park. The park includes many valuable habitats such as mature woodland, species rich wildflower meadows, ponds, streams and marshy areas. The visitor centre is built on the site of the former mansion and it commands superb views over much of east London and into Kent. Light refreshments, snacks and a gift shop are all within the visitor centre and there is a large decked area to relax on sunny days. There are many exotic trees originally planted in the mansion gardens, such as Cedar of Lebanon, Holm Oak, Monkey-puzzle, Giant Redwood and Yew. The Park has wonderful wildflower meadows where you will find Cuckoo Flower, Pignut and Ragged Robin in the Spring. There is varied woodland, several ponds and a lake, as well as a captive herd of Red Deer. Bird highlights include all three species of Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Hobby. Wild deer are often seen (Fallow, Roe and Muntjac). The meadows and ponds provide superb habitats for a variety of invertebrates including a really wide variety of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. Winter sees a large corvid roost, with hundreds of Rooks, Crows and Jackdaws gathering near the deer pen. The upper section of the park offers a more landscaped parkland, while the lower section is managed for wildlife, with hay meadows and some mature woodland and scrub. Dog walking: Dogs can be walked in the park but must be under control, preferably on a lead near the visitor centre and deer pen.