This 272 acre nature reserve is managed by the RSPB, it consists of a large freshwater lagoon, reedbed and saline lagoon with some grassland and scrub.
It is a haven for many wetland bird species and is notable for almost annually hosting a rarity or two.
Past rarities include
With limited access and unsurfaced footpaths that can become very muddy this reserve is not suitable for wheelchairs/electric buggies.
From the railway crossing turn right and head west to the kissing gate at the reserve entrance (which has a site plan). From here there are two trails.
Saline lagoon trail
From the kissing gate follow the 0.4 km (0.24 miles) track to the viewing screen overlooking the saline lagoon, passing the reedbed on one side and freshwater lagoon on the other.
Freshwater lagoon trail
Continuing straight on from the kissing gate, the 0.9 km (0.55 miles) path follows the north western shore of the freshwater lagoon and ends on a raised bank at its western end.
Nearest car park Pitsea train station, or Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, SS164UH. Follow the footpath opposite Pitsea station for 0.6 km (0.4 miles), cross the un-manned, gated railway crossing into the reserve.
TQ 731 871
Open at all times
Nearest train station: Pitsea (0.6 km/0.36 miles)
Nearest bus stop: Tesco supermarket in Pitsea, bus No. 4, Basildon to Pitsea (0.7 km/0.42 miles).
Tel: 01268 498620