Cattawade Marshes RSPB Reserve & ‘The Splodge’

Cattawade Marshes RSPB Reserve

Description


Cattawade Marshes RSPB reserve lies between the two arms of the River Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border and is a haven for breeding waders and huge flocks of winter wildfowl.

Another nearby site if visiting Cattawade Marshes RSPB reserve is ‘The Splodge’, an area of seasonal pools which can be excellent for passage waders in spring and autumn plus the occasional Water Pipit in winter.

Notable Species


All Year

Mute Swan

Little Egret

Grey Heron

Shelduck

Kingfisher

Skylark

Common Buzzard

Kestrel

Lapwing

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Canada Goose

Greylag Goose


Spring

Yellow Wagtail

Lapwing

Redshank

Skylark

Common Tern

Little Ringed Plover

Water Pipit

Oystercatcher


Summer

Shelduck

Lapwing

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Reed Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Swallow

House Martin


Autumn

Black-tailed Godwit

Wigeon

Teal

Shoveler

Mallard

Green Sandpiper

Common Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Common Snipe


Winter

Fieldfare

Redwing

Lapwing

Teal

Wigeon

Skylark

Meadow Pipit

Peregrine


Past Rarities include

American Wigeon

Purple Heron

Temminck’s Stint

White-winged Black Tern

Access Details


Cattawade Marshes
Cattawade Marshes

There is no public access to Cattawade Marshes RSPB reserve due to the possibility of disturbance to breeding and wintering species but the reserve can be viewed from the public footpath on the south side of the River Stour. Parking is available at Manningtree Railway Station.

‘The Splodge’ can be viewed from close to the white bridge which goes over the River Stour. Look south to the fields north of the railway line.

The Splodge
The Splodge

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