Things to do in Walton-On-The-Naze

The John Weston Nature Reserve

A 40 minute walk from the station North to the nature reserve and the Essex Wildlife Trust Nature Discovery Centre is a must for those who love being in nature. Fossil hunting and birdwatching as well as an informative centre with tea and cake.

The John Weston Nature Reserve is located in the northern part of the Naze. This 9 acre reserve is dedicated to the leading Essex naturalist John Weston, who was warden at the reserve until his death in 1984 and consists of Blackthorn and Bramble thickets, rough grasslands and four ponds or ‘scrapes’, three of them created since the reserve was established.

Nesting birds include Common and Lesser Whitethroat, joined recently by Cetti’s Warbler. Water Rail are seen and heard regularly. It is an important landfall for migrants, including many rarities, and also attracts a variety of winter visitors. The Naze is also a perfect place to get an introduction to marine wildlife, with harbour porpoise out to sea, common and grey seals in the backwaters and a whole host of species to find on the beach and in the mud pools including crabs, scallops and whelks.

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