Wrabness Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is a car park at the entrance to the reserve. Please note there is a height barrier of 2.1m.
Grazing animalsThere are grazing sheep from spring to autumn
Multiple paths around and through the reserve, including along the river edge
There is a hard surfaced path around the reserve, making it accessible for those with pushchairs or disabilities. However, for wheelchair users to access the path, please note that a Radar NKS Key is required to open a gate
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Towards the end of April, the first rare Turtle Doves can be heard ‘turring’ in the dense shrubbery while into May the Nightingale’s beautiful serenading song can be heard loud and clear. Barn Owls and the occasional Short-eared Owl are often spotted soaring overhead, searching for prey amongst the short grass.
Jacques Bay is filled with overwintering wildfowl and waders during the colder winter months, with Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstones and Knot foraging in the invertebrate thick mud. On the grassland Wigeons can be heard whistling, and Brent Geese calling. Livestock occasionally graze the grassland areas, promoting the growth of wild flowers and pollen loving insects.
Did you know? The site has been the subject of numerous planning applications (including an application for a prison in 1968 and 1989).
Did you know?
The area previously served as a mine depot established by the Ministry of Defence until it closed in 1963. It was saved from development in 1992 by the Wrabness Nature Reserve Charitable Trust and has been managed by Essex Wildlife Trust since 2006.
In the 60s and 80s it was also subject to a prison planning application!