This is a fantastic nature reserve near Purfleet, Essex. The visitor centre has very knowledgeable staff who will tell you what to look out for, the food is great, the volunteers are friendly and the wildlife is stunning. A real gem for birders, attracting many local and national scarcities including Bearded reedling and hobby, and there's a great array of plants such as Deadly nightshade. It is definitely best visiting in the winter, however, as birds will not be flocking in large numbers over the summer and can be difficult to see. its a beautiful place and great just for a walk, and its adventure playground and spotters guides make it very popular with families. I visited with my mum (I'm thirteen) and had a brilliant day out, including a walk along the Thames in the evening and a cake at the visitors centre. Highly recommended.
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