Old Hall Marshes
This is 1560 acres of grazing marshes with
brackish water fleets, reedbeds, saltmarsh and two off-shore islands which
floats off the Essex coast. It is a section of the Blackwater flats.
|It is home top many thousands of waders and
wetland species and is used as a breeding site for such species as avocet,
lapwing, redshank, pochard, bearded tit and shoveler.
During the winter migration you may come across
marsh harriers, wheaters, winchats and a range of waders as well as 4,000 Brent
Geese who start to arrive from October onwards and can be seen feeding on the
sea grasses. They also provide a spectacular if somewhat noisy display as they
fly from the feeding grounds to their roost.
The ancient grassland is characterised by
thousands of ant hills of the yellow meadow ant. The saltmarsh is home to
unusual plants and invertebrate. At its height 24 butterfly species have been
recorded here and its dragonfly populations include the Emerald Damselfly and
As well as the birds it is home to some 300
species of plant life including the lax-flower sea lavender.
There is an RSPB nature reserve and access is
by RSPB permit only, and facilities provided here include two viewing screens
overlooking the saline lagoon at the eastern end, and two nature trails one of 3
miles in length and the other 6.5 miles long.
However there are footpaths along the sea wall
from Tollesbury and Salcott.
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Location: Old Hall Marshes, nr Tiptree,
Grid Reference: TL959122
Getting there: From the A12 take the B1023 to
Tolleshunt D'Arcy. Turn left at village maypole and then right into Chapel
Road. After about a mile turn left into Old Hall Lane and follow the signs
to the car park straight ahead.
Access: RSPB Permit Only. Car Park for 12 cars
only. Parking permits are required and need to be requested in advance. This
is a natural site with unimproved paths and trails.
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Address: Old Hall Marshes, Old Hall Lane, Near
Telephone: 01621 869015
Opening Times: 9am-9pm or dusk if sooner.
Abbots Hall Farm, Essex
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Notes: Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on
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