Stanford Warren Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationParking available nearby at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
Straight gravel track along the reedbed
Accessible at all times but if parked in Thurrock Thameside Nature Park gates shut at 4pm in winter and 5pm in summer months
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
This fascinating reedbed habitat was created by gravel extraction in the 1920s, but now it supports an exciting number of species. During spring and summer the reedbeds come alive with the sound of birds, including Cettis, Reed and Sedge Warblers which all breed here. This is particularly important because the endangered Cuckoo regularly uses these warblers as hosts for their eggs. Listen out for their famous call during the summer months. On a warm day you might also catch a glance of reptiles basking in the sun near the rough grassland.
Look closely and you might find some more elusive birds, such as the Water Rail which regularly breeds here but creeps silently through the reedbeds, and the beautiful Bittern that camouflages perfectly in the reeds. Winter also brings many interesting birds such as Bearded Tits, Grey Wagtail and Snipe, which are best seen along the Hassenbrooke, a small river that bisects the reserve and crosses under the footpath.
Just a stones through away from our Thurrock Thameside nature park – why not pop into the Visitor Centre after your visit.