locate Thorndon Country Park
A country park important for wildlife. It is managed by Essex. It is usually thought of in two parts: northern part has car parks, visitor centre (run by EWT), and is mainly wooded; southern part has one parking area and is more open with grassland slopes and a large lake, with woodland to the north. The two parts are linked by footpaths that run through restored farmland.
locate St Osyth Park
A privately owned deer park with ancient origins and a uniquely important wildlife site in Essex.
locate Weald Country Park
A country park with an ancient landscape and important wood pasture, but overmanaged grasslands. There is a large lake with a dam and extensive woodlands in the northern part, with several planted copses of various conifers. There are several car parks around the boundary and also footpaths. This Park is managed by Essex.
locate Glemsford Pits (disused railway line)
old railway track with friable sandy banks and adjacent lichen heath surrounded by sallow and willow with a series of old sand/gravel extraction extraction workings (SSSI) mostly wooded.
locate Hunts Hill, Belhus Woods Country Park
Old sand workings with sand exposures, flower rich areas, a small area of lichen heath, sparsely vegetated ground and lakes. Drought stressed oaks occur at several locations at the site. Access by car is via BWCP car park (which see), but footpaths are also close by.
locate Essex Wildlife Trust at Abbotts Hall, Great Wigborough
The Wildlife Trust's headquarters.
locate Belhus Woods Country Park
Brown field areas following gravel extraction, some landfilled and some lakes, but also ancient semi-natural woodlands and some ex arable land. From Romford Road there is a car park and visitor centre. Local paths provide other entrances.
locate Layer De La Haye garden
Back garden within the Essex and Suffolk waterworks in Layer De La Haye.