Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries

Wallasea Island, Crouch/Roach Estuaries

Description


Nestled between Burnham on Crouch and Foulness and Potton Islands at the confluence of the rivers Crouch and Roach, this RSPB managed reserve which covers an area of 1800 acres, consists of a mosaic of saltmarsh, lagoons, wetland, grassland and grazing marsh abutted by arable farmland.

 

Notable Species


All Year

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Shelduck

Sparrowhawk

Kestrel

Peregrine

Marsh Harrier

Avocet

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Ringed Plover

Corn Bunting

Reed Bunting

Linnet

Skylark

Spring

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

Yellow Wagtail

Summer

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

Yellow Wagtail

Hobby

Autumn

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Knot

Dunlin

Whimbrel

Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Teal

Wigeon

Dark-bellied Brent Goose

Wheatear

Winter

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Knot

Dunlin

Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Teal

Wigeon

Dark-bellied Brent Goose

Short-eared Owl

Hen Harrier

Merlin

Past rarities include

Rough-legged Buzzard

Great Egret

Spoonbill

Common Crane

Red-breasted Goose

Whooper Swan

Black Brant

Access Details


Access Details


There are currently no facilities on the reserve.

There are three trails on mostly unsurfaced tracks all starting at the car park:

Marsh Flat Trail

This is a circular 4.4 km (2.74 mile) long trail taking in Grass Farm and Acresfleet lagoons, grazing marsh and wet grassland. It is also possible to take a shorter 1.5 km (0.93 mile) route just around Acresfleet lagoons.

Allfleets Marsh Trail

A 3.2 km (2 mile) long peninsular trail that follows the River Crouch, passing various lagoons and taking in Allfleets Marsh on its north side and Jubilee Marsh to the south. At its eastern end there are views over both the Crouch and Roach estuaries.

Jubilee Marsh Trail

This 2.4 km (1.5 mile) long trail heads firstly eastwards with the River Crouch on its north side and lagoons on the south side, then turns southwards with Jubilee Marsh on one side and wet grassland on the other ending at a viewpoint that overlooks the River Roach.

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