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Cornard Mere

Practical conservation work parties take place on the first Sunday of every month at Cornard Mere, except bird nesting season. See our events calendar for more details.

Lying near the banks of the River Stour, this reserve is special for its mix of open water, fen and wet scrub.

Barely a stone’s throw from its urban neighbours this reserve, lying near the banks of the River Stour, is special for its mix of open water, fen and wet scrub. Reed sweet-grass and common reed often dominate, providing nesting sites for reed bunting, sedge and reed warbler. In autumn swallow and sand martin stop off on their momentous journey back to Africa. Pied wagtail, fieldfare and redwing roost in the willow scrub in winter. Large noctule bat can also be spotted hunting on summer evenings.

Species and habitats

Standing water
Silver Y, Snipe, Water Rail

Nearby nature reserves

Arger Fen & Spouse's Vale
3 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Sergeants Orchard Nature Reserve
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Groton Wood
6 miles - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Bures Road, Cornard
CO10 0NL
Map reference

GPS Info
Park at Great Cornard country park situated on Blackhouse lane and take footpaths south and west to view reserve.

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Best time to visit
May - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
6.00 hectares

Walking information
Can be muddy
Park in Great Cornard Country Park or off B1508 between Blackhouse Lane and Keddington Hill
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
William Cranstoun
Tel: 01284 728541