Shotgate Thickets Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationSpace for 2 cars
There is a security gate at the entrance to the access track to the reserve. Please call 07876 443304 between 9am and 5pm to gain access.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen every day from 9am to 5pm.
Please call 07876 443304 to gain access.
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Situated on the north bank of the tidal River Crouch, this small nature reserve has a surprising diversity of habitats, allowing a variety of wildlife to thrive.
During spring listen for the birdsong erupting from the dense scrub, as over 70 species have been recorded here, with around half of these breeding on or near the nature reserve. The summer months see Banded Demoiselle and Emerald Damselflies darting over the two large ponds, whilst a good number of Roesel’s Bush-crickets hop amongst the rough grassland.