Holland Haven

Holland Haven

Description


Sandwiched in between Clacton-on-Sea to the south and Frinton-on-Sea to the north, this fantastic area of over 100ha offers a variety of habitats such as long and short grassland, pools, scrub, coastal cliffs, reedbed and hedgerows which attract a wide selection of species throughout the year.

Notable Species


All Year

Skylark

Meadow Pipit

Little Owl

Barn Owl

Lapwing

Cetti’s Warbler

Water Rail

Lapwing

Redshank

Sparrowhawk

Stock Dove


Spring

Yellow Wagtail

Northern Wheatear

Garganey

Black-tailed Godwit

Common Snipe

Willow Warbler

Common Whitethroat

Firecrest

Little Egret

Blackcap


Summer

Reed Warbler

Sedge Warbler

Lapwing

Shelduck


Autumn

Willow Warbler

Northern Wheatear

Whinchat

Black-tailed Godwit

Ruff

Common Sandpiper

Common Snipe

Dunlin

Gannet

Short-eared Owl

Yellow-browed Warbler

Goldcrest


Winter

Short-eared Owl

Peregrine

Merlin

Skylark

Barn Owl

Little Owl

Red-throated Diver

Purple Sandpiper

Sanderling

Common Buzzard


Past Rarities

Citrine Wagtail

Desert Warbler

Long-billed Dowitcher

Night Heron

Purple Heron

Lesser Yellowlegs

Marsh Sandpiper

Red-footed Falcon

Temminck’s Stint

Gull-billed Tern

European Bee-eater

Richard’s Pipit

Bluethroat

Icterine Warbler

Pallas’s Leaf Warbler

Red-breasted Flycatcher

European Serin

Little Bunting

Access Details


Holland Haven Car Park
Holland Haven Car Park

Starting from the pay and display carpark, the small wooded area adjacent to the access road is worth a look. Also the nearby tree and hedge lines extending to bushes at the North East corner of the car park can be good in spring and autumn for warblers.  

 

Early mornings are best, especially in August when large numbers of tourists and dog walkers can be distracting.  Over the years these areas have held Barred Warblers, Wrynecks, Yellow-browed, Icterine and Pallas’s Leaf Warblers, as well as the commoner migrants such as Redstart and Pied Flycatcher.

Towards the Hides
Towards the Hides

A small platform near to the Memorials area is ideal for surveying the small pools beyond the brook and hedgerows.  Frequented by waders, gulls and ducks, these pools are just as likely to hold that 'something special' as elsewhere on the site.  This platform can be accessed by walking from the carpark part way up the Service Road towards the Cottages/Sewage Farm, then turning left down the grass slope between the two woodland areas and looking towards the main road across the marshes.

Approaching the 1st Hide
Approaching the 1st Hide

The site itself allows viewing across a medium sized scrape along with a pond area, to the right from a large elevated 'container hide'.  This can be found by walking approximately 500 yards northeast of the carpark, via the sluice.  The scrape can provide good ‘all year round’ birding, although spring and autumn are best for scarce waders such as Temminck's Stint and Pectoral Sandpiper. 

There is also a chance of outstanding local rarities, such as Lesser Yellowlegs and Marsh Sandpiper, both of which have been recorded over the years. Cattle Egret, Citrine Wagtail and Marbled Duck have been seen here and in the surrounding fields and grazing marsh in recent years.  The rough grassland surrounding the scrape is attractive to owls and raptors.

A second hide is located further along the route towards the Golf Course where species such as Reed Warbler and Bearded Tit have been seen in the various surrounding reed-beds.

For the more adventurous, the 2 mile round trip from the sluice along the seawall and back offers views over Frinton Golf Course. This has held the only site records for Woodchat Shrike, Lapland Bunting and Shorelark and whilst not all have been recorded in recent years, they have all occurred regularly in the past.  

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