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

Russell Savory, Aerodrome Operations & Site Manager, is well known for his appearances on BBC Springwatch and Winterwatch talking about the wonderful wildlife at the site. He is a fantastic wildlife photographer (take a look at some of his photographs) and 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.

Russell gives a very entertaining talk supported by his photos and a film of the wildlife at the aerodrome. If you wish to book a talk at Stow Maries Great War Aerodome or at your venue please book this via our booking form.

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


05.08.17 - 05.08.17


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

07.08.17 - 07.08.17

STO-Kers Summer Holidays

Activities for the Kids

14.08.17 - 14.08.17

STO-Kers Summer Holidays

Activities for the Kids

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