A Rocha UK’s Foxearth Meadows reserve is a great place for people and nature. Take a leisurely walk, spot dragonflies and damselflies and experience the beauty of this peaceful refuge for wildlife.

Foxearth Meadows Nature Reserve sits on the River Stour floodplain in a quiet corner of Essex on the border with Suffolk.

The eleven-acre site has a variety of habitats including the river and riverbank, wetlands and woodland, an ancient field boundary, a series of ponds and marshy flower-rich grassland. Managed especially for dragonflies and damselflies, it is also home to a wealth of wildlife including otter, kingfisher, harvest mouse, common lizard, grass snake and common toad. It has been owned and managed by A Rocha UK since 2015.

Kingfisher by Albert Butcher

Come along and enjoy the wonder of Foxearth Meadows.

A number of paths are maintained to help visitors to explore the reserve all year round.

The boardwalk follows the right of way across the wetland enabling visitors to observe the different habitats.

Public footpaths are open all year round. The car park and eco toilet are open most days. Bike racks are available.

Get even more out of your visit by completing our Quiz Trail (a printable version can be found here).

"Habitat loss and climate change mean Foxearth Meadows is already a refuge for depleted wildlife. Places like this will enable our countryside to return to a richer natural environment."

Norfolk Hawker by Albert Butcher

Join our volunteer team

Our Reserve Manager is supported by a group of volunteers helping with our practical conservation work, public events, data collection and scientific research.

Our volunteers help Foxearth Meadows thrive. We welcome people of all faiths and none and offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities to suit all abilities.

Join us at our weekly work parties to learn new skills in the fresh air and exercise as part of a friendly team.


We offer a full programme of public events including dawn chorus walks, evening bat walks, bird and dragonfly identification guided walks, outdoor services and a celebration of National Meadows Day. Our ‘FoxeARTh’ days invite artists of all levels to get creative outdoors. 

Some events are very popular and require booking. We also welcome pre-booked organised group visits including leisure, community, church, youth and school groups. Churches have found the reserve an inspiring venue for outdoor worship. Contact us to arrange your visit.

Bringing the classroom outdoors

The reserve is an ideal place for learning activities and inspiring children and young people to engage with nature. Environmental education activities include pond-dipping, sweep-netting, quiz trail, craft sessions and nature walks.

We welcome schools, youth clubs, home school students, Scouts, Guides, church and community groups

Sign up to our quarterly Foxearth Meadows news and prayer email to hear more about what's going on at the reserve and you can get involved.

How to find us

Contact us

For bookings and other enquiries, please email our Reserve Manager, Sarah Leedham.

Foxearth Meadows reserve is part of our national Partners in Action network.