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Belfairs Park Woodland Visitor Centre - The Vision

Belfairs Park and Woodland Visitor Centre - The Vision


Already regarded as the flagship green space for the area, Belfairs Nature Reserve - also known as Hadleigh Great Wood - has been managed through coppicing to create a perfect home for a diverse range of wildlife. This includes the rare heath fritillary butterfly and the success story of the dormouse. Now Essex Wildlife Trust and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council have worked in partnership to provide a fantastic woodland visitor centre for everyone to enjoy.

This important centre offers the local community a chance to get closer to nature and provide visitors with a really warm welcome. Belfairs Woodland Resource Centre offers visitors:

Wonderful Woodland Wildlife

  • Heath Fritillary butterfly The chance to find out about Belfairs Park and nature reserve, how the woodland is cared for and why this ancient woodland is so important for wildlife, people and business.
  • Experience the natural world and find out how fascinating wildlife in Southend really can be.

a full programme of events for all the familyA Centre for You:

  • Get involved in a full programme of events for all the family – a chance to find our own Essex minibeasts, learn about woodland management and try bird watching.
  • A chance to recharge your batteries and get away from the hassles of everyday life
  • Get healthy: it has been proven that green space is vital for people’s well-being.
  • learn about our own Essex minibeasts The opportunity to buy some really original gifts, cards, wildlife products and woodland crafts and timber.
  • A chance to have a cup of coffee and refreshments in an environmentally friendly building, and enjoy fantastic views over the Park.
  • A great place for families and friends to take a break after a walk, cycle ride or horse ride.

The chance to be involved and volunteer

  • Get involved and volunteer. Support the largest conservation charity in Essex, by giving your time and making a difference to your local environment.
  • Find out why our woodland products are so important for the conservation of Belfairs woodland wildlife.
  • The chance to help us Protect Essex Wildlife for the Future.
Belfairs Woods

See also the Healthy Life Essex article:
The Dormouse in Belfairs Nature Reserve

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Essex Wildlife Trust working in partnership with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
For more information please phone:
Louise Morris at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council on 01702 215602
Or e-mail

Pictures supplied by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council


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