Grid ref: TL 723 182 (click for o/s map)
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This nature reserve, sloping down to a tributary of the River Ter, was left to Essex Wildlife Trust by Mrs Phyllis Currie. It was an attractive and varied landscape in its own right and the Trust's management has increased its value for wildlife. Now, it is home to a wide variety of plants, birds and insects.
The most attractive single feature is a lake, created in the stream valley in the 1960s. The lake, streams and ditches are valuable breeding sites for dragonflies and damselflies. The grassland and sheltered glades and rides provide breeding sites for butterflies. Tufted duck nest and kingfisher and grey heron are regular visitors
In Dumney Lane, Great Leighs. Take the road to Felsted at the St Anne's Castle PH in Great Leighs. Dumney Lane is the first right turning.
Regular buses run to St Anne's Castle PH from Braintree and Chelmsford.
Accessible at all times.
Interesting all the year round. A succession of flowers from blackthorn in February through to the last of the waterside plants in autumn is followed by the lovely colours of leaves and fruits at the end of the year, with the extra attraction of butterflies and dragonflies in summer.
Wheelchair path leading from both entrances and around the lake.
Please keep dogs on leads at all times.