Stow Maries – http://www.stowmaries.com/ – is now under the ownership of vehicle builders RSPerformance, specialist car developers who produce a limited number of high-performance modified cars per year. As Aviation and Wildlife enthusiasts, they’re giving the location a new lease of life…
The former home of 37 (Home Defence) Squadron, Stow Maries is undergoing a restoration and sympathetic treatment that will capture the atmosphere and reality of WWI’s airbourne assets between 1916 and 1919, when the base was operational. Stow Maries’ Squadron was moved to Biggin Hill before the aerodrome was completed, with some buildings left partially built.
Of particular interest to photographers is the partnership between Stow Maries and the Essex Wildlife Trust. Areas of the site have been dedicated to providing habitats, particularly of a similarly flight-inclined nature.
Within the 100 acre site there are two hides, equipped with different feeders to attract wildlife. The gated premises are access by invitation, rather than being open to the general public.
Having been closed since December to allow enhancement of the museum and facilities, Stow Maries will be reopening in Spring and provides a compelling destination for photographers of all interests.
The museum and facilities can be seen here: