With shorter days, crisp temperatures, blazing colours and the arrival of familiar migratory birds, autumn in Essex is an exciting season, bustling with energy and opportunities. A time to enjoy leafy walks, toasting marshmallows over a fire and going fungi spotting!
Why not head to Chigborough Lakes to witness a sudden flash of blue as kingfishers hunt, the noisy roosting of little egrets and herons as well as a myriad of ducks and geese; all set to a backdrop of spectacular sunsets over the ponds and lakes. Or perhaps, go for a wander at our Danbury Ridge nature reserve for a weird and wonderful fungi hunt!
Here's a few of our top reserves to visit this autumn.