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Essex Wildlife Trust Fingringhoe Wick

A strange day.. Yellow skies, red sun and an enormous hornets nest in the bird hide!

Storm Ophelia and why it turned the sky yellow and the sun red – The Times

Essex Wildlife Trust’s first nature reserve and visitor centre, set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary, even on the dullest of days the views are fantastic. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all. A wide range of habitats are on view here, including; grassland, heathland, lakes, ponds and the recent reserve expansion and creation of a nationally important intertidal area

Fingringhoe Wick was Essex Wildlife Trust’s first nature reserve (1961) and some years later it was where the Trust opened their first visitor centre, and over fifty years on visitors are still coming to see this magical place. Set in a spectacular position overlooking the Colne Estuary the visitor centre provides stunning views even on the dullest days. It offers the visitor real peace and quiet and a chance to escape from it all.

There were 40 years of gravel extraction on the nature reserve before Essex Wildlife Trust bought it. It offers a wide range of habitats including areas of grassland, gorse heathland, reed beds, ponds and the estuary itself. Fingringhoe Wick is famous for its Nightingales each spring. The songsters ring out over the reserve and there are usually about 35 males to be heard. Thousands of waders and wildfowl use the estuary in the winter and as many as 700 Avocets can be seen.

The nature reserve is a wildlife haven with more than 200 species of bird having been recorded along with 27 species dragon and damselflies, 24 species of butterflies, 24 species of mammal and up to 350 species of flowering plants. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard and Peregrine are seen almost daily. Barn, Tawny and Little owls are often heard and seen whilst the seasonal visitors include Merlin, Opsrey, Hobby and Hen Harrier which enables Fingringhoe to hold a position in the country’s top 50 sites for raptors and owls.

Source: Essex Wildlife Trust – Facebook