West Canvey Marshes RSPB

West Canvey Marshes RSPB

Description


West Canvey Marsh is a network of wet grassland, reed beds and scrapes with approx two miles of nature trails with 3 viewing points.

Notable Species


All Year

Little Grebe

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Shellduck

Gadwall

Shoveler

Marsh Harrier

Sparrowhawk

Snipe

Redshank

Oystercatcher

Reed Bunting

Linnet


Spring

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

House Martin

Sand Martin

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper


Summer

Chiffchaff

Willow Warbler

Blackcap

Common Whitethroat

Sedge Warbler

Reed Warbler

Common Swift

Barn Swallow

House Martin

Sand Martin

Hobby


Autumn

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Dunlin

Whimbrel

Curlew

Common Sandpiper

Green Sandpiper

Wood Sandpiper

Teal

Wigeon

Whinchat


Winter

Greenshank

Grey Plover

Golden Plover

Dunlin

Curlew

Black-tailed Godwit

Tufted Duck

Teal

Wigeon


Past rarities include

Red-backed Shrike

Access Details


Short trail

This 0.8 km (0.5 mile) trail includes the roadside hide to overlook the lagoon and circles the grassland/hedgerow. The path on two sides is wide and hard surfaced.

Main trail                        

This 3.2 km (2 miles) trail takes in grazing marsh, lagoons, grassland and the sea wall beside the creek with 2 hides and various viewing points along the way. With the exception of the seawall all paths are wide and hard surfaced

Note that there are kissing gates along this route, wheelchair users may use a RADAR key for access.

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