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Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve

  • Colchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Attraction Information

The huge expanse of Essex and Suffolk Water's Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve is one of Europe's top wetland sites and a great trip for families either to enjoy it superficially or to chart your exploration in depth and see how species you can see!

There are plenty of wild ducks, swans and other water birds, partially (if you'd like to know) because it lies close to east coast migration routes and, with its surrounding envelope of pasture and tree plantations, is a welcome sight to tired birds! Up to 40,000 of them visit each year so this is a top spot to take little twitchers!

The top 7 species represented are Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Coot and Black headed Gull, but added to this there can be hundreds of Shoveler, Gadwall, Goldeneye, Pintail and Great Crested Grebe! In the spring there is the unusual sight of Cormorants nesting in trees, one of the few places in Britain where they do this so a significant note for your bird book.

Good disabled access to the visitor centre (all on one level) and viewing area plus adapted toilet facilities, so everyone can come and enjoy!

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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Closed 25th & 26th December.


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Church Road, Layer de la Haye, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0EU, England

Phone number

01206 738172



Click here to visit Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

Yes, Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Abberton Reservoir Nature Reserve has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Additional information

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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