Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve
Please note: as part of a Tendring Loves Conservation Heritage Lottery funded project currently taking place at this reserve, we will be improving the footpaths at Great Holland Pits w/c 16th August 2021. As a consequence of this, please be aware of the following when planning your visit:
The car park will be subject to heavy lorry movements on a periodic basis
The car park will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday (18th and 19th)
Key stretches of footpath may be closed at short notice as required.
Know before you go
Parking informationSmall car park available. (Please note no parking is permitted on Mill Lane)
Grazing animalsCows grazing in March and from August-November.
Ponies grazing from September-November
A number of paths weave around the ponds and patches of woodland, allowing a variety of walking distances
Paths can be muddy when wet, particularly in wooded areas
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitApril to July for insects
About the reserve
Wandering through the reserve you will pass remnants of old woodland, with Soft Shield and Hart’s-tongue Ferns blanketing the floor below. The scars of pits that once marked the landscape now holds ponds and wet depressions, favoured by the Kingfisher, Coot and Little Grebe that frequent here.
Areas of open grassland and pastures support many flowering plants, including the beautiful Yellow Archangel, Moschatel and the bizarre looking Mousetail plant, who’s strange flowers give the plant its name.
Reaching the areas of high ground, you will be provided with beautiful views over Holland Brook meandering its way through the water meadows. These diverse habitats found here are what makes it such an important site for many species of butterflies, moths and other invertebrates and home to many species besides.
Did you know?
In winter, Long-eared Owls can sometimes be seen in the trees or hunting over the fields