Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea

Wat Tyler CP, Pitsea

Description


This former site of an ammunitions works is now 125 acres of grassland and hawthorn woodland/scrub bounded on its south and west sides by tidal creeks and saltings whilst along its eastern side runs Pitsea Hall fleet with an extensive reedbed.

The country park, managed by Basildon Council, supports a large and diverse range of species justified by it being designated as Site of Special Scientific Interest.

 

Notable Species


All Year

Little Grebe

Great Crested Grebe

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Shelduck

Gadwall

Shoveler

Tufted Duck

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Kestrel

Peregrine

Barn Owl

Water Rail

Snipe

Avocet

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Ringed Plover                 

Kingfisher

Cetti’s Warbler

Bearded Tit

Reed Bunting

Spring

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

House Martin

Sand Martin

Ruff

Common Sandpiper

Summer

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Lesser Whitethroat

Common Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

House Martin

Sand Martin

Autumn

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Ruff

Dunlin

Whimbrel

Curlew

Common Sandpiper

Black-tailed Godwit

Teal

Wigeon

 

Winter

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Ruff

Dunlin

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Spotted Redshank

Teal

Wigeon

 

Past rarities include

Purple Heron

Glossy Ibis

Olive-backed Pipit

Black-winged Stilt

Access Details


Access Details


Visitor centres

The country park visitor centre adjacent to the main car park has a shop, toilets (including disabled) and café while across the road the RSPB has a visitor centre and wildlife garden where all the latest bird news can be obtained.

There are two hides with disabled access overlooking the fleet, one is 80 metres from the park visitor centre with the second 30 metres from the nearby Green Centre car park. A key for these hides is available from the RSPB visitor centre or when closed, the park visitor centre.

There are several trails crossing the park from the visitor centre including one with wide hard surfaces. Access to the trails is also possible from the Green Centre and marina car parks.

Circular route

This approximately 2m (1.2 mile) walk, on a hard surface, takes you around the perimeter of the park and all of the hides. Taking in the fleet, creeks, ponds and woodland as well as the marshland beyond it is possible to find many of the special species that this site supports.

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