The Visitor Centre and Discovery Zone are located within Basildon District Council's Wat Tyler Country Park and are the gateway to our South Essex Marshes reserves.
The RSPB Visitor Centre and Discovery Zone are open from 10 am to 4 pm in winter and 10 am to 5 pm in summer.
Entrance to the RSPB Visitor Centre and Discovery Zone is free, although a small charge applies to guided walks and some children's activities. Contact the Visitor Centre for details of events, dates and charges.
If you are new to birdwatching...
Very good for birdwatching all year round. A free guided walk each Thursday around the park from the visitor centre.
Information for families
There's always something going on for families in the Visitor Centre. Watch the birds in our wildlife garden, discover minibeasts in our aquarium, follow the seasons on our live CCTV cameras or at weekends have a go a nature-themed activities. There are also monthly RSPB Little Owls (0-5 years) Wildlife Explorers (7-11 years) and Phoenix (11-18 years) clubs.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are allowed anywhere. Contact the Country Park for more information.