Hanningfield Reservoir

Hanningfield Reservoir

Description


This 100 acre nature reserve of mixed woodland managed by Essex Wildlife Trust is adjacent to the 870 acre Hanningfield Reservoir which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. This is the ideal site to see a wide variety of both woodland and wetland species.

Notable Species


All Year

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Cormorant

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Pochard

Tufted Duck

Gadwall

Shoveler

Shellduck

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Peregrine

Snipe

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Ringed Plover

Kingfisher

Reed Bunting

Long-tailed Tit

Nuthatch

Treecreeper

Great Spotted Woodpecker


Spring

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Nightingale

Ruff

Common Sandpiper

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

House Martin

Common Tern


Summer

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Nightingale

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

Sand Martin

House Martin

Red-crested Pochard

Common Tern


Autumn

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Dunlin

Curlew

Little Stint

Curlew Sandpiper

Black-tailed Godwit

Ruff

Common Sandpiper

Teal

Wigeon

Black Tern

Little Gull

Osprey


Winter

Goldcrest

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Dunlin

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Ruff

Teal

Wigeon

Goldeneye

Goosander


Past rarities include

Baird’s Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Yellow-legged Gull

Whooper Swan

Access Details


Visitor centre

There is a shop, toilets (including disabled) and café with views across the reservoir.

There are several trails available from the visitor centre that include some hard surfaces. Access to the reserve is also available from the fishing lodge at the eastern end of the reservoir.

The reservoir can also be viewed from the causeway (Hawkswood Road) that runs across its southwestern end.

Disabled access trail

Starting at the visitor centre this 100m (110 yard) trail leads through woodland to the Lyster hide that overlooks the western end of the reservoir.

Woodland walk

A 1 km (0.6 mile) trail through the areas of mixed woodland taking in ponds and the four hides that overlook the reservoir on the way.

Circular route

This approximately 3km (1.8 mile) walk takes you around the whole reserve and all of its different habitats.

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