Abberton Reservoir

Essex  >  United Kingdom

This reservoir is one of the most important places for wildfowl in Britain. More then 280 bird species have been seen here.

Added by John Morecroft


Abberton is the fourth largest reservoir in England with an area of nearly 5 square kilometres (1,200 acres) and it's full of birds. Due to its location near the East coast fly-way more then 280 bird species have been seen here. It is also a protected Ramsar Site. Many waterbirds and waders can be seen here like Northern Pintail, Ruff, Garganey, Smew, Goosander, Black-tailed Godwit, Water Rail, Great Bittern, Marsh Harrier and many more.



Best way to explore the reservoir is by bicycle. On the map you find a circular cycle ride of 10 miles (16 km). It follows quiet roads and country lanes. Habitats seen include open water, reedbed, scrapes and lagoons, rough grassland, wood, scrub, pasture and arable farmland. The cycle route starts at the visitor centrer. If you want to explore Abberton Reservoir by foot, you can walk some very nice trails around the visitor centre.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Grassland, Lake, Reedbeds, Agriculture



Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring migration, Autumn migration


Paved road, Unpaved road, Wide path

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot, Bicycle

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

Notice: After heavy rains, part of the route can be very muddy and not suitable for cycling, so only start cycling this route in dry weather conditions.

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Top 5 birds

Other birds you can see here


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