A stunning habitat for wildlife

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome provides the perfect, unspoiled habitat for all manner of wildlife, due to the fact that it lay dormant for 100 years after WW1, allowing the wildlife to flourish. 

The vast majority of the site is open grassland with woodland and although it has no statutory designation, it is home to many species of fauna and flora including all five species of British owls, a rarity in one location, as well as the 22 red listed birds, which have been sighted.

An on-site wildlife expert

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is very happy to be working in partnership with nationally renown wildlife photographer Russell Savory. Russell is well known for his appearances on BBC Springwatch and Winterwatch as well as being part of the national wildlife community. Russell is dedicated to helping us bring the ecological conservation and wildlife stories of our site to the wider notice of our visitors.

Russell has developed a number of talks - from an introductory level talk on the site( from an ecological standpoint) to more particular talks dealing with the finer details of wildlife photography. Please do have a look at some of Russell's work here. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of the wildlife of the site.

A site biodiversity conservation plan has been produced by DF Clark Bionomique Ltd and Russell and his team are working in partnership with the Essex Wildlife Trust and the Hawk and Owl Trust.

If you would like to arrange a wildlife talk, a visit to the site for photography or wildlife walk please contact us.

Wildlife re-siting scheme

Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is registered for rehabilitation of endangered species i.e. animals that need a temporary or permanent relocation due to development. Some of the animals in the scheme include grass snakes, adders, great crested newts, slow worms and lizards.

Russell's Tweets


02.12.17 - 02.12.17


A monthly activity day at Stow Maries for 8-14 year olds to explore and enjoy a variety of activities linked by the theme of ‘flight’! From simple paper planes to building a series of ‘build and fly’ models, from creating gliders and rockets


Meet Father Christmas at Stow Maries

Visit Father Christmas and his Reindeers at Stow this Christmas


Meet Father Christmas at Stow Maries

Visit Father Christmas and his Reindeers at Stow this Christmas

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Remembrance Sunday 2017

 Last Sunday saw the communities surrounding Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome come together in a sensitive and respectful Remembrance day Parade.

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