Places to see birds

Fingringhoe Wick (EWT)

Fingringhoe Wick (EWT)

Fingringhoe Wick Reserve (map ref. TM 048 193, post code CO5 7DN) is owned and operated by the Essex Wildlife Trust. Only three miles south-east of Colchester and easily accessed, the Reserve is situated on sloping ground overlooking the wild expanses of the Colne Estuary, offers one of the finest saltmarsh panoramas in eastern England. There is a welcoming visitor centre offering a wealth of information with internal access to an all weather observation room affording wonderful views of the Colne estuary and Geedon Marsh. An immense range of habitats includes grassland, heathland, reedbeds, ponds, a large lake, mixed plantations of trees, saltmarsh, foreshore and inter-tidal mudflats. This all provides for a wide variety of resident and visiting bird species, of which over 200 have been recorded. Spring heralds a massed nightingale chorus and the arrival of other breeding migrants. Kingfishers can be seen near the fresh water. Other nesting species include tawny owl, little grebe and sparrowhawk. The summer months provide sightings of migrant waders but the winter is spectacular for wintering wildfowl and waders with up to 700 avocet viewable from the shore hides.For more information including location and access please click on Links.