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Wrabness NR

54ac/22ha  LNR

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

Updated 10/12/2020.

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This area served as a mine depot until it was demolished in 1963. Attempts to develop the site ran into public opposition and in 1992 it became a nature reserve.

It is mainly open grassland and scrub, with a pond, a bog, a wooded fringe and a bird hide overlooking the Stour Estuary.

It attracts open country birds such as yellowhammers (increasingly scarce elsewhere) and whitethroats to nest, and 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. SatNav: CO11 2TB.

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.

Good wheelchair access.

© Glyn Baker