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Abberton Reservoir Visitor Centre

Church Road, Layer de la Haye, CO2 0EU, United Kingdom | 01206 738172 | Website

Venue Description

The huge expanse of Essex & Suffolk Water’s Abberton Reservoir plays host to some 40,000 wetland birds each year. The enhancement project is complete and with the concrete edges removed, the re-profiling work has left shallow muddy margins and large areas of rough grassland, providing the ultimate habitat for a plethora of wildlife and waterfowl. Visitors can enjoy walks on the Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve. There are stunning panoramic views across the reservoir and surrounding villages from the higher ground and the bird hides offer superb views of the waters edge. The Visitor Centre offers a great viewing area, toilet facilities, and a well-stocked shop, including binoculars and telescopes, hot and cold drinks and snacks. 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.


Visitor Centre is all on one level with doors that automatically open once you have pushed the button. Low level windows which allow easy viewing of the reserve and reservoir. Disabled toilet with light that comes on automatically, several grab rails and raised toilet bowl. Surfaced paths that go around nature reserve and to all bird hides, which have gaps for wheelchairs and low windows.


toilets are on the same level as the visitor centre; door into toilet is wide enough for wheelchairs to go through. Light comes on automatically and there is an emergency pull cord if help is needed. Toilet bowl is raised, sink and paper towel unit are at a low level. There are several grab rails within the toilet block.


Essex Wildlife Trust staff are always willing to help. Please ask if you need assistance carrying hot drinks.

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  • Accessible Format
  • Disabled Access
  • Induction Loop
  • Large Print
  • Disabled Parking
  • Access Statement

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