EWT offer a wide range of environmental & educational activities for children and adults alike; children’s activities take place every day of school holidays and there are various clubs during term time including Creepy Crawlies Club for under 5s. Adult events include star gazing, birding courses, music events and craft courses.
The building is all on one level, allowing easy access, especially for less able visitors. The shop offers visitors a range of products, including binoculars and telescopes, books, bird food and feeders, gifts and cards. A newly open tea room hosts homemade and locally sourced products including bacon rolls, quiche, soups, panins, jacket potatoes, cakes, snacks and ice creams.
Abberton Reservoir is an extremely important site for breeding birds and is a stopover for thousands of birds on migration. It has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a RAMSAR site (Wetland of International Importance). Essex & Suffolk Water own and operate the reservoir to help supply its 1.5 million customers in Essex with drinking water. The nature reserve and the visitor centre are managed by Essex Wildlife Trust in partnership with the water company.