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Birdwatching in Essex
We would like to help you to see other locations so are you looking for some birding places in Essex other than at Hanningfield?
Here are only a few of many places in Essex where you can enjoy birdwatching:
An artificial body of water 5 miles south west of Colchester is a haven for birds and birdwatchers. Since 1991, it is a Special Protection Area mainly due to the fact that is home to many bird species during the winter including Teal (Anas crecca), Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria), Gadwall (Anas strepera) and Shoveler (Anas clypeata) as well as breeding place of Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo). Other bird species that can be observed in Abberton Reservoir include Coot (Fulica atra), Black-
The nature reserve east of Colchester is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and is home to a diverse species of birds. It is one of the best places in Essex to observe Black-
Thorndon Country Park
The park near Brentwood is made up from a variety of habitats ranging from marsh, meadow, woodland and ancient woodland. As a result, it is a one of the best places in Essex to go birdwatching. The main “stars” of the Thorndon Country Park include Redpolls and Siskins.
Just like Abberton Reservoir, Fingringhoe Wick is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. It was designated as nature reserve in 1961 and the visitor centre that overlooks the Colne Estuary was opened a few years later. The nature reserve is a haven for roughly 200 bird species including Nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos), Kingfisher, Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis), Tawny Owl (Strix aluco), Wader, Sparrowhawk, Wildfowl and many others.
They are considered one of the finest birding destinations in the Thames Estuary area. The estuaries are of key importance to thousands of birds that come here to over-
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