Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Warley Place NR

Spent a few hours today at Warley Place Nature Reserve near Brentwood. My first very first visit here and wow, did I enjoy it.

Warley Place, once a very famous Edwardian garden belonging to Ellen Willmott, is now maintained as a nature reserve by Essex Wildlife Trust.

Although the house itself has long since gone, a walk round the paths reveals tantalising glimpses of what the estate once comprised. There are exotic trees, remains of cold frames, greenhouses, reservoirs, a terrace and the conservatory that was part of the original building. Although there is colour all year round, by far the best time to visit is in the spring, when snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, bluebells follow and overlap and vie with each other in splendour.

There are two bird hides, a bird feeding station and the display of snowdrops and crocuses is breathtaking, the birds weren't bad either!

Blue Tit

Blue Tit

Long-tailed Tit

Wren

Wren
Dunnock

Coal Tit

Nuthatch

Robin

And there was a Bank Vole watching me!

Bank Vole