Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

Location

Dunton Road
Basildon
SS16 6EB
A static map of Langdon Visitor Centre

Know before you go

Size
210 hectares

Parking information

On site car park

Grazing animals

Sheep, cows and exmoor ponies

Access

Limited access please contact the Trust for more information.

Dogs

Dogs permitted
Dogs are welcome on the Reserve, but must be kept under control at all times.

Facilities

Visitor centre
Toilets
Shop
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

Open daily 9am - 5pm (November, December & January 9am - 4pm) Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Langdon visitor centre is set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises of woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. Langdon nature reserve is the largest inland reserve managed by Essex Wildlife Trust. The nature reserve occupies some of the highest land in the county, has some commanding views and offers miles of excellent walks, where an abundance of wildlife can be enjoyed. A beautiful wildlife garden is situated directly behind the visitor centre (sorry dogs are not permitted in the garden).

In the summer there is the opportunity to enjoy Turtle Doves, Nightingales and Woodcock, while in the winter thrushes and finches can be enjoyed. There are thirty butterfly species at Langdon including White Admiral, Green Hairstreak, Marbled White and Grizzled Skipper, making this a spectacular reserve for butterflies in Essex. Langdon also offers seven species of wild orchids in bloom in Many and June. Over 350 wild flowering plants have been recorded. Badgers, Foxes and Weasels all thrive in the meadows.

The nature reserve offers walks through many different areas and habitats and can offer the visitor a really interesting day out. The visitor centre has a display room, gift and bookshop, and refreshments. A full schools programme is available as well as activities for children during holidays and adults / families throughout the year.

The Haven Langdon also has the Haven plotlands museum. This 1930’s/1940’s museum gives a glimpse in to the life of Londoners who purchased land to turn in to a country getaway. The Haven is the last remaining bungalow out of hundreds which once stood on the reserve. Visit the Haven museum itself complete with authentic memorabilia, gardens, workshop, washroom and Anderson shelter.

Please note the Haven museum is NOT open the same hours as the visitor centre. For further information please visit The Haven Plotlands Museum page.

Contact us

Essex Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01268 419103
Contact email: langdon@essexwt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Green Hairstreak Derek Moore

Derek Moore

Notice

Langdon Lake and Meadows is a diverse grassland with a great invertebrate population which needs to be carefully managed through grazing and cutting. The site is in the Higher Level Scheme and we are committed to grazing the site during the summer to get the best outcome for wildlife. Unfortunately we have suffered from the livestock being ‘worried’ by ‘out of control’ dogs, this ‘worrying’ has been so serious that the animals have become severely scared and as a result, are extremely wary of people, which has made catching and handling them very difficult and they have remained on site longer than planned. We continue to restrict access whilst stock are on site because of the issues with dogs. There are many other paths nearby, all accessible to walkers with or without dogs, which provide great opportunities to get outside.

How to find us

Langdon visitor centre is found on Lower Dunton Road, five minutes from the A127 and the A13. Follow brown and white duck signs / Langdon Conservation Centre signs.

From the A127 take the Dunton exit. At the roundabout take the Laindon Town centre/Horndon on the Hill exit. At traffic lights take right hand slip lane, turning into Lower Dunton Road. The visitor centre is approx 1 ½ miles down Lower Dunton Road on the left hand side.

From the A13 take the Stanford-le-Hope / Corringham exit. At the roundabout take the Horndon on the Hill exit, continue on this road until the sharp right hand bend – take the left turn off of this bend, Lower Dunton Road (brown and white duck sign). The visitor centre is approximately 2 miles down Lower Dunton Road on the right hand side.

Nearest station Laindon (Fenchurch Street line). No direct bus service.