High Woods Country Park is one of Colchester's beauty spots. The Country Park includes woodland, open spaces, a lake and wildflower meadows.
The Colne LNR lies on the north side of the river Colne on rising ground between Essex University and Wivenhoe.
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 covers 65 hectares, and is mainly flat grassland and farmland. It is popular with walkers, horse riders and cyclists.
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, know locally as 'The Loop', was declared a Nature Reserve in 1990 and was the first Local Nature Reserve to be opened in Colchester.
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.
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 covers an area of approximately 16 hectares of woodland and open grassland.