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“Great and will get better”

Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre
Ranked #7 of 79 things to do in Colchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors can enjoy walks on Essex Wildlife Trust’s nature reserve; with stunning panoramic views across the reservoir and surrounding villages as well as superb views of the water’s edge from three bird hides. The nature reserve has a 900m accessible circular footpath and there are wheelchairs available for use. The Visitor Centre offers a tearoom which is open seven days a week providing a variety of hot and cold food, most of which is locally sourced; easy access toilets & baby changing facilities; and a well-stocked shop which has binoculars, telescopes, bird food, feeders and a range of gifts. Essex Wildlife Trust runs a programme of events throughout the year for all ages as well as children’s outdoor birthday parties and a weekly toddler group available during term time; booking is required for all of our events. On the nature reserve there is a new Brambly Hedge sculpture trail, where you can find seven characters from the classic stories written by Jill Barklem; there is also a wild play area with a zip wire, v bridge, swings and spiderweb net. Essex Wildlife Trust is a charity and relies on donations to carry out its work for the wildlife and people of Essex. There is suggested entry donation of £2 for Adults £1 for children and £5 Family; car parking is free. The huge expanse of Essex & Suffolk Water’s Abberton Reservoir plays host to some 40,000 wetland birds each year all attracted to the shallow muddy margins and large areas of rough grassland, which provide the ultimate habitat for a plethora of wildlife and waterfowl. The Visitor Centre is 6 miles SW of Colchester on the B1026 (a minor road linking Colchester and Maldon) just South of Layer de la Haye - follow the brown and white "Abberton Reservoir visitor centre" signs.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Very friendly staff and unlike Fingrinhoe nature reserve - it's much easier to get to. Saw a Barn Owl hunt successfully on my first visit - doesn't get better than that!
Refreshments could be better, but feel the centre is in its infancy and will only get better.

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Reviewed November 10, 2012

A new centre has now opened. Views across the reservoir. Friendly staff and drinks and cakes for sale. Usual twitchers items for sale also. It is run by the Essex Wildlife Trust . On my visit I saw a Desert Wheatear and a Barn Owl! Wish they did more food so remember to take sandwiches!

1  Thank John P
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

Larger and with a better shop than the old visitor centre. And will be even better when the trees which have planted have grown.
But its still difficult to find unless you are really determined - they need lots more direction signs in the area. I doubt if you could find it without the post code and satnav.

1  Thank relaxee
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

lovely place nice to see all the different birds, seeing them in the hides and theres a shop too. god visit for the family and easy to find.

1  Thank Catladyluck
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

The visitor centre only recently opened, so the landscaping has yet to mature. However there we lots of birds to see on the reservoir with the field glasses provided at the visitor centre.

The sound of many skylarks was lovely in the sunshine.

There are a few hides to walk to and enter to get nearer to the wading birds.

A visit in the autumn when migrating birds visit en route to their winter habitats will be great.

1  Thank darkangel10
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