Between 1983 and 1984 the Maymead Marsh site was developed to include a large pond with reed beds and marshland. The pond has built-up nesting island in the centre.
Over 100 species of bird have been recorded at the site including rare species such as the little ringed plover, ringed ouzel, greenshank, jack snipe, redstart and bittern. More familiar bird species include the grey heron, coot, moorhen, mallard, reed warbler, tufted duck, magpie, teal and little grebe.
The remaining grassland is rich in wildflower species such as southern marsh orchid and cowslip. The site attracts many insect species and occasionally grass snakes can be spotted.
You can become a volunteer for wildspaces! or a volunteer warden helping to maintain the conservation areas and wildspaces of Harlow.
For information on alternative venues visit the Harlow Marshes and Meadows page