Roding Valley Nature Reserve
This 160 acre reserve comprises the largest surviving area of traditionally managed river-valley habitat in Essex and follows the River Roding. The meadows are famous for their beautiful wild flowers such as Southern Marsh Orchids and Devil’s-Bit Scabious that flourish on the reserve. It is also an important habitat for a range of butterflies and dragonflies. In spring and summer, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting and Whitethroat can be seen, while in late summer there are flocks of finches and other seed-eating birds. Other wildlife you might see and experience include birds such as Kestrels, Kites, Barn Owls, Woodpeckers and Sparrowhawks.
We are currently developing an educational programme and have the facilities to receive school groups who wish to come on educational visits to experience indoor and outdoor classroom activities.