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About Stour Estuary

Male blackcap on branch

Image: Steve Round

Enjoy trails up to five miles long as you stroll through a wood and watch wading birds, ducks and geese on the estuary. Shorter paths are wheelchair accessible in dry weather, but all the tracks can be muddy after rain.

In spring, nightingales and other birds fill the woods with song. The spring flowers are also particularly beautiful. To see estuary birds, the best time to visit is during the autumn and winter.

Opening times

Trails are open at all times, but the car park is locked from 7 pm (or dusk, whichever is earlier) until 6 am.

Entrance charges

Free, but non-members are invited to make a voluntary donation.

Information for dog owners

No dogs allowed in Copperas Wood, or further east. Dogs not allowed onto foreshore. Dogs are allowed in Stour Wood, and along public rights of way elsewhere

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 51.93435,1.18435
  • Grid reference: TM190310
  • Nearest town: Harwich, Essex
  • County: Essex
  • Country: England

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.