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Wrabness Nature Reserve

54ac/22ha  LNR

Grid ref: TM 167 315 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014

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This area served as a mine depot until 1963 when it was demolished. In 1992 it became a nature reserve. It is mainly open grassland and scrub, with a pond, a bog, and a wooded fringe. Nesting birds include yellowhammers and whitethroats, and it has large numbers of grassland butterflies and other insects in summer


Reached via Wheatsheaf Lane, which turns north off the B1352 (Ramsey–Manningtree) between Bradfield and Wrabness. A turning half-left just beyond the railway bridge leads to the car park.

About a mile walk from Wrabness rail station via a public footpath. A bus service from Colchester to Harwich runs along the B1352.

Accessible at all times.

May for birdsong; summer for wild flowers and butterflies.

Photo © David Harrison