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  • High Woods Country Park

    High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's beauty spots. The Country Park includes woodland, open spaces, a lake and wildflower meadows.

  • Colne Local Nature Reserve

    The Colne LNR lies on the north side of the river Colne on rising ground between Essex University and Wivenhoe.

  • Cymbeline Meadows

    Cymbeline Meadows is a 74 ha area of working farm land comprising a rich variety of habitats including pastures, arable fields, meadows, woodland and the meandering river Colne.

  • Gosbecks Archaeological Park

    Gosbecks Archaeological Park covers 65 hectares, and is mainly flat grassland and farmland. It is popular with walkers, horse riders and cyclists. 

  • Lexden Park Local Nature Reserve

    Lexden Park LNR at seven hectares is a relatively small reserve, which is a haven for walkers and lovers of fauna and flora.

  • Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve

    Lexden Springs Local Nature Reserve, know locally as 'The Loop', was declared a Nature Reserve in 1990 and was the first Local Nature Reserve to be opened in Colchester.

  • Salary Brook Local Nature Reserve

    This river valley corridor covering 48 acres constitutes an important urban wildlife area and comprises a wealth of habitats including pasture, grassland, marsh, fishing ponds and the brook itself.

  • Hilly Fields

    Open all day, every day this 80 acre nature reserve is designated as a Local Wildlife Site and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

  • Westlands Country Park

    Westlands Country Park covers an area of approximately 16 hectares of woodland and open grassland.