The Daws Hall Nature Reserve is a 25-acre wildlife haven on the Essex-Suffolk border dedicated to environmental education: introducing young children to nature during Early Years and Foundation Stages, supporting curricular subjects and personal development through the Key Stages, providing analytical field studies at A-level, and inspiring those with a lifelong interest in nature. All activities are delivered by and support our charity Daws Hall Trust.
Our regular under-fives Out & Abouter sessions and school holiday Family Forest and Amy's Wild & Crafty, events provide hands-on activities in the reserve's woodland, meadow, and pond, while the varied mosaic of habitats provide plenty of interesting aspects to explore and inspire for wildlife, photography and art courses.
During a series of Open Days throughout the year, we invite members of the public to explore and enjoy our beautiful nature reserve, splendid private gardens and wildfowl sanctuary*. Members of our 'Friends of Daws Hall' scheme benefit from free entry to Open Days.
We also offer guided tours to garden groups throughout the year.
We recommend that organisers for groups with special requirements visit the Reserve for a familiarisation session to meet our staff and help us to ensure your visit is an enjoyable experience, and to develop an activity programme that meet your needs.
Please visit our Educational Visits Page for more details on our programmes and facilities.
If you are interested in visiting the centre with a class or group but would like more information, please call us on 01787 269766, or email your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to help.
*The Sanctuary may be closed during the breeding season