Hanningfield Reservoir and Woods
A nationally important site for breeding and wintering wildfowl
The second largest reservoir in Essex, Hanningfield Reservoir is approximately five miles south of Chelmsford.
Hanningfield reservoir and woods include:
• A large Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
• A nationally important site for breeding and wintering wildfowl.
• A large number of uncommon Essex plants and animals.
• An important area for bats e.g. a maternity roost of over 350 Soprano Pipistrelle bats in the visitor centre roof.
Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane
Delivering a range of benefits for wildlife, people and the local economy.
- The visitor centre and nature reserves allow the less able to access the site.
- 50,000 visitors are attracted to the site annually.
- Educational activities are provided for over 3,500 children and young people.
- Essex Wildlife Trust runs courses, activities and events throughout the year for over 8,000 children and adults.
- Forest School programme for young people, youth services, secondary special and provisional schools across Essex.
- Work with local suppliers, contractors and service providers.
- An accreditation scheme for young people working towards a young conservationist qualification has been funded by HLF Young Roots Grant Scheme.
- More than 100 volunteers freely give their time and skills to support every aspect of our work for nature conservation on the site.
- A variety of community partners are involved in the management of the site, such as Essex and Suffolk Water, local parish councils, fishing groups.
- The vision is to extend these benefits to a much larger area.
This scheme is helping species including...
Natural England, Forestry Commission, Local Authorities, British Trust for Ornithology, local landowners