The Picnic District 8: Barling Magna Wildlife Reserve

You may not know it, but we are currently in “Love Your Parks Week”. So let’s look at Barling Magna Nature Reserve. A good place for a stroll… and a picnic.

We’ve written before about the reserve:

… The 12 acre site had been part of the Southend Borough?s old defunct sewerage farm and had become a general dumping ground and derelict rubbish site….
….Barling Magna Parish Council owns and maintains this reserve which is run mostly by volunteers from the community and beyond. We aim to apply for grants in order that we can proceed to fulfil our ambition to make this a legacy for the future.

The many hours spent on site have resulted in a green space of which Barling Magna Parish Council is justly proud. Please enjoy the reserve and help us to look after it – it is for all to use!…

If you are driving there, you might pass by Barling's duck pond, which has plenty of ducks!
If you are driving there, you might pass by Barling’s duck pond, which has plenty of ducks!
You might also pass by Barling Church
You might also pass by Barling Church
There are a few tables for picnics
There are a few tables for picnics
There is a barn there- you can't go inside, but there is a large porch for shelter for the rain or strong sun..
There is a barn there- you can’t go inside, but there is a large porch for shelter for the rain or strong sun..
There's birdsong, the chirrups and buzzing of insects, and you can see bumblebees and butterflies
There’s birdsong, the chirrups and buzzing of insects, and you can see bumblebees and butterflies
There's  a pond there...
There’s a pond there…
At the far end of the reserve is the River Roach.
At the far end of the reserve is the River Roach.