Essex Wildlife Trust's first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. A wide range of habitats are on view here, including grassland, heathland, lakes, ponds and a nationally important intertidal area

Fingringhoe Wick is famous for its nightingales each spring. The songsters ring out over the reserve and there are usually about 35 males to be heard - this is one of the largest populations of the birds in the UK. As well as the nightingales, thousands of waders and wildfowl use the estuary. In the 50+ years since this former gravel quarry was bought by Essex Wildlife Trust, it has been carefully managed to offer a wide range of habitats including areas of grassland, gorse heathland, reed beds, ponds and the estuary itself.

This wildlife haven is home to more than 200 species of bird, 27 species dragon and damselflies, 24 species of butterflies, 24 species of mammal and up to 350 species of flowering plants. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and Peregrine are seen almost daily. Barn, Tawny and Little owls are often heard and seen whilst the seasonal visitors include Merlin, Opsrey, Hobby and Hen Harrier which enables Fingringhoe to hold a position in the country’s top 50 sites for raptors and owls.

TRAVEL

BY CAR: The site is not far from the A12, South-East of Colchester on the Thames Estuary, and is usually around 2 hours journey from London.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Fingringhoe Station is around 1hr45 from London Liverpool, with the site a short journey from here. Unfortunately, public transport links for the return journey late at night are not so strong. If you are interested in shared travel for your event, please let us know at checkout.