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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre Church Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Colchester CO2 0EU, England
+44 1206 738172
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never too old for pond dipping!

I arranged for a group of friends aged 50 to 70+ and also my daughter and granddaughter , to try... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Carol Z
Colchester, United Kingdom
via mobile
Go Wild event

We had a fantastic day on our 'Go Wild' session this morning. We had to orienteer our way round the... read more

Reviewed 14 August 2017
Jody B
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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.
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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre Church Road | Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Colchester CO2 0EU, England
+44 1206 738172
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I arranged for a group of friends aged 50 to 70+ and also my daughter and granddaughter , to try pond dipping at abberton. it was great fun, the warden who was with us for the morning (brave lady) was so knowledgeable and also made...More

Thank Carol Z
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We had a fantastic day on our 'Go Wild' session this morning. We had to orienteer our way round the reservoir following our compass and directions.

1  Thank Jody B
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Lovely people, interesting place and good cafe. Parking free and adequate. Childs play area. A place to drop in for a drink or stay longer and walk one of their many walks and see the wildlife and birds according to season.

Thank MichaelLockyer
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Lovely morning for watching the Canada geese and how they form their formations and how they change even when they are swimming, we sat in a hide and watched them for over ab.n hour, wonderful

Thank kaybr0wn4
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Begin or end your walk at the centre. Always someone to give advice. Great food and drinks. Good walks and lots of birds.

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Wonderful views across the reservoir. Excellent food in the café. A varied selection of items for sale in the shop area. All the staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about the wildlife. I would recommend this for a wild day out.

Thank PolarBear1111
Reviewed 12 July 2017

this place is full of interest and fact finding. It is a big resevoir. There is a play center for children which is great as it gives parents a rest. The food is basic but good. Lots of interesting facts.

Thank 409royc
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Of course it's meant to be all about the nature, but actually the cafe is excellent! You can just go for that, and sit by the huge picture window and watch the birds (using the binoculars provided) without even going outside, so it's definitely an...More

1  Thank whatisascreenname66
Reviewed 11 July 2017

I frequented the Centre often, as it was an ideal place to meet with my colleague - informal, great views and very nice toasted teacakes. I shall still visit even thought I have no need for meetings!

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We always enjoy coffee and cake here but now they are serving other food too. Great place to learn about nature and wildlife.

Thank PatsyC0lchester
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6 April 2017|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
Dear imdpriyaa Thank you for contacting us. We have a large car park, so plenty of space for our visitors. We don't charge for parking either, but do ask for a donation when you enter the visitor centre to help us maintain... More
22 March 2017|
Response from Jo W | Property representative |
Dear Jimpar Thank you for your question. There are a series of permissive footpaths and bridleways around the reservoir, however there isn't a full circuit that you can do as there is no footpath from Peldon to Great... More
20 March 2017|
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Response from Jo W | Property representative |
I'm afraid that dogs are not allowed in the visitor centre. We can do take aways for you.