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Things to Do in Essex

Inspiration for things to do and places to visit in and around Essex. They say that you can't be all things to all people - yet if anywhere is the exception to the rule, it's almost certainly the county of Essex.

Nature And Wildlife in Essex

Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, Grays, Essex RM16 6RW
Chafford Gorges visitor centre is set in a spectacular position over looking Warren Gorge. Chafford Gorges nature park offers 200 acres of green space for numerous wildlife and recreation for the 12,500 people living in Chafford Hundred.

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South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex CO5 7DN
Set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary the reserve offers a sense of real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all.

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Hawkswood Road, Downham, Billericay, Essex CM11 1WT
Providing panoramic views over the 870 acre reservoir. The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and has proved a popular bat roost, with a beautiful carpet of Bluebells in the spring.

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Hornchurch Country Park, Squadrons Approach, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 6DF
Essex Wildlife Trust's Ingrebourne Valley Visitor Centre is a partnership project between Essex Wildlife Trust and Havering Council. Built in Hornchurch Country Park, the centre overlooks the fantastic marshland and reedbeds of the River Ingrebourne Valley.

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Lower Dunton Road, Basildon, Essex SS16 6EJ
Set in a stunning nature reserve of 461 acres which comprises woodland, meadows, lakes and former plotland gardens. There are beautiful wildlife gardens and a museum of Plotland Life.

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Old Hall Lane, Walton on the Naze, Essex CO14 8LE
The Naze is a unique coastal landscape of outstanding geological and biological importance. As the most easterly peninsula in Essex it is an important site for migrating birds and boasts a number of different habitats, both terrestrial and marine.

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Thorndon Park North, Brentwood, Essex CM13 3RZ
The Thorndon Countryside Centre is situated in Thorndon Country Park. There are some fantastic walks through ancient woodland and historic deer parks which lie close alongside recently planted woodland and a landscape of small pastures.

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Mucking Wharf Road, Mucking, Stanford le Hope, Essex SS17 0RN
A stunning and innovative visitor centre built on a former landfill site, with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary (SPA).

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Maldon Road, Great Wigborough, Colchester, Essex CO5 7RZ
A 700 acre coastal farm and the head office of Essex Wildlife Trust situated on the Blackwater Estuary. Visitors can see the success of the coastal realignment project and enjoy a fantastic, wildlife packed walk. An exemplar of how to farm commercially and for wildlife.

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Little Easton, Dunmow, Essex CM6 2BD
The Gardens of Easton Lodge are an idyllic haven. They have been partially restored to their former glory by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House.

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Wharf Road, Stanford le Hope, Essex SS17 0EE
Stanford Wharf has been created to provide a home for wildlife, in particular wintering wading birds like avocet and curlew.

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Wrabness Road, Harwich, Essex CO12
The Stour Estuary is a nature reserve in Essex, England, east of Colchester on the estuary of the River Stour.

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Church Road, Bowers Gifford, Basildon, Essex SS13 2HG
Vange Marsh is a glorious mosaic of wetland habitats that attract many species of birds throughout the year. The fresh and saltwater lagoons here host breeding avocets, little ringed plovers, lapwings and reed buntings. While wigeons, teals and shovelers are regular visitors in the winter.

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Creeksea Ferry Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 2HD
RSPB Wallasea Island is a magical landscape of marshland, lagoons, ditches and sea. Walk along the seawalls to see the saltmarsh, mudflats and lagoons, where terns dive into the water in summer and huge flocks of waders and wildfowl arrive in winter.

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Canvey Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 0QR
West Canvey Marshes is part of the RSPB South Essex reserves, a network of wet and dry grassland, reed beds, lagoons, saltmarsh and scrub giving people a chance to see a whole host of wildlife.

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New Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, Essex RM19 1SZ
Part of the Thames Estuary, not far from the bustling streets of London, Rainham Marshes is a haven for all kinds of wildlife - birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. Enjoy an adventure into nature, whether you explore this medieval landscape on foot or by bike.

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Church Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex CO2 0EU
A wetland site of international importance for wildfowl. Up to 40,000 ducks, swans and geese visit each year. Excellent bird watching opportunities and fabulous views over the reservoir.

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Eastwood Road North, Leigh on Sea, Essex SS9 4LR
Belfairs Woodland Centre was officially opened by BBC Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes-Games on 7 September 2013. The Woodland Centre provides a space for schools, groups and families to learn about south Essex’s fantastic ancient woodlands in an interactive way.

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Broxhill Road, Havering atte Bower, Romford, Essex RM4 1QH
Set in the stunning grounds of Bedfords Park, an historic parkland site of 215 acres, owned and managed by the London Borough of Havering. The nature reserve affords fantastic views over London and into Kent.

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