Wildlife and walks

Spot local and rare wildlife and ramble through a diverse mix of flora and fauna.

Wildlife and walks

Discover more about your local wildlife. Spot local and rare birds, deer and woodland animals. Every season offers something new. In the summer, wildflower meadows come alive with insects and butterflies. In the winter huge flocks of migratory geese, waders and wildfowl descend. Grab your binoculars, spotter’s guides and all the family and get out into the Country Parks to enjoy everything Essex has to offer.

Simply enjoy the local wildlife in your local park, or check ‘What’s on’ by using the Wildlife & Walks filter in events. Speak to the local wardens and park managers and check out spotter’s boards in the parks’ visitors centres to find out what’s been seen. If you're looking for some spring walks, check out our Bluebell walks blog.

The Flitch Way trail running under a bridge


Flitch Way

Enjoy 15 miles of flat, traffic free, beautiful Essex countryside following a former railway line from Braintree to Bishops Stortford. Perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding.

  • Braintree, CM77 7FS

Featured events

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Jaywick Martello Tower Spring Talk 2023: Raising the curtain on the Aurora Borealis

Join us at Jaywick Martello Tower for the final of our Spring Talks 2023 series about The Northern lights, which provide one of the most spectacular natural phenomena on Earth.

  • Dates: March 31, 2023
  • Venue: Jaywick Martello Tower
  • Times: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • For the whole family
  • Price: Tickets are £2.00 per talk or pay for all five talks in advance and get the final talk free.

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