Grid ref: TL 918 149 (click for o/s map)
Available also via books and apps – click here for details.
Mouse over links for pictures; click for detail page.
In fact this Essex Wildlife Trust reserve consists of two flower-rich meadows, the larger one surrounded by wide luxuriant hedgerows with mature oaks and other trees. A large colony of green-winged orchids is scattered across the meadows, along with large numbers of adderstongue ferns. The hedgerows provide nesting sites for a variety of birds, notably the lesser whitethroat.
From the A12 take the B1023 towards Tiptree, continuing through Tiptree village and down Factory Hill to a Y-junction, where you take the left fork (Brook Road, becoming Barnhall Road) towards Mersea. Turn down Park Lane (first turning on left after telephone box) and reserve entrance is second opening on left. Limited parking on the grassed area at the front of the reserve when conditions allow.
Regular Colchester-Maldon buses to Tiptree: the reserve is about 1 mile distant along footpaths.
Accessible at all times.
From late March up to the hay cut in mid-July; the orchids are usually in flower in April/May.
Please keep dogs on leads when there is livestock on the reserve.