In the early 1960s Daws Hall Trust's founder, Major Iain Grahame, moved to Daws Hall and created a Wildfowl Farm, from which developed the idea of a nature reserve that could be used as an educational resource by visiting schools.
The Nature Reserve was established in 1981 and its full educational potential realised in 1985 with the opening of the Daws Hall Centre for Environmental Learning in what was the Hall's old coach house and stables. This was achieved through the enthusiastic and generous support of local people and other interested parties as much as Major Grahame's hard work and persuasive passion.
The reserve still retains a little of the Wildfowl Farm in the Sanctuary, a protective area where water fowl species such as the endangered red-breasted goose (Branta ruficollis), and eider (Somateria mollissima) continue to thrive.
Daws Hall's value as a centre of environmental learning is evident in its enduring relationship with Essex County Council's outdoor education service whose environmental education team was based here for many years.
Today, the Daws Hall Reserve and Centre for Outdoor Learning is run and managed by Daws Hall Trust, a charity established by Major Grahame in 1988 to secure the future of the Reserve.
Our small but enthusiastic and dedicated team, from the Chairman and Trustees, to the grounds staff, teaching staff and administrator, take immense pride and pleasure in ensuring that the Daws Hall Reserve and Centre for Environmental Learning continues to provide a valuable landscape of inspiration, wonder and learning and will do so for many years to come.