Maymead Marsh features a large pond with reed beds, marshland and a 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 wild spaces of Harlow.
For information on other local wildlife spots, visit the Harlow Marshes and Meadows page.