Abberton Reservoir

Abberton Reservoir is recognised as a site of international importance for its populations of wildfowl and wetland birds and is one of the top places in the country to spot them. 

The variety of habitats provided by the open water and surrounding wetland, woodland, and grassland makes Abberton Reservoir a very special place for wildlife. The reservoir is one of the most important in Britain for wildfowl. It is a Ramsar Site (Wetland of International Importance for birds), a Special Protection Area (SPA) designated under the EU Birds Directive, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

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Landowner:

Essex & Suffolk Water

Key habitats:

Plantation, broadleaved woodland, pasture grassland and wet grassland

Key species:

Migrating birds including wildfowl, reptiles and badgers, bat species including pipistrelles, waxcap fungi

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