Woodham Fen Nature Reserve

Woodham Fen Seawall
Bullfinch Bill Moss

Bill Moss

Woodham Fen
Slow Worm Amy Lewis

Amy Lewis

Woodham Fen Saltmarsh
Witness the unusual habitat in Essex where there is a natural transition from saltmarsh to grassland, bringing with it an interesting array of plant and wildlife species


Off of Ferrers Rd
South Woodham Ferrers

OS Map Reference

TQ 798 975
A static map of Woodham Fen Nature Reserve

Know before you go

19 hectares

Parking information

Space for 2 cars

Grazing animals

Sheep grazing in March and from September-October.

Cows grazing in March and from September-October

Walking trails

Gravel tracks circular walk


Accessible at all times


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Accessible at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

Divided by the railway line, the southern side of the reserve is saltmarsh that transitions into rough grassland. The land was originally donated in the 12th century by the Lords of the Manor to the community to graze animals. Now, Essex Wildlife Trust works in partnership with South Woodham Town Council to manage the nature reserve, which lies within a much larger area of common land.

Look out for the bright coloured chest of bullfinch in the bushes, a majestic barn owl hunting over the grassland or even a flash of blue as kingfishers hunt in Fenn Creek that flows throughout the reserve. A number of different bird species will stop off here during migration to and from the UK, look out for small teal ducks, rock pipits and common snipe during winter.

On a sunny spring or summers day you will find common Llzards and slow worms basking in the warmth, whilst an abundance of invertebrates flutter and jump amongst the grassland. Due to the saltmarsh habitat, a wide range of saltmarsh plants can be found here, look out for the small colourful flowers of slender birdsfoot trefoil and grass vetchling in the summer months.

Environmental designation

Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)