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Old Hall Marshes

Tiptree, Essex

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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 Ruddy Darters.

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, Essex

Grid Reference: TL959122 Ceremonial County: Essex

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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.
Website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/o/oldhallmarshes/index.asp
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Email: oldhallmarshes@rspb.org.uk
Address: Old Hall Marshes, Old Hall Lane, Near Tiptree, Essex
Postcode: Telephone: 01621 869015
Opening Times: 9am-9pm or dusk if sooner. Daily

Charges: FREE

Nearby Locations: Abbots Hall Farm, Essex
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Notes: Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leads.







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