Holland Haven Country Park
200ac/81ha SSSI (part), LNR
Grid ref: TM 220 175 (click for o/s map)
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This country park, managed by Tendring Council, consists of coastal grassland and marshland around the mouth of the Holland Brook, once the site of a small harbour called Holland Haven. Water levels have been raised so that wildfowl and waders are attracted both to over-winter and to breed.
It has a complex of dykes and a large brackish pond, all fringed by reeds and clubrush. All this makes for good aquatic insect life, including some rare beetles and damselflies, and the great green bush-cricket. The coastal grassland is cut for hay and the inland marshes are grazed by cattle and overlooked by bird hides. Barn owls often hunt over the grassland at dusk.
Off the B1032 to Great Holland just north of Holland-on-Sea. SatNav: CO15 5TZ.
Bus services between Clacton and Walton run past the entrance.
Accessible at all times.
Winter for wildfowl and waders; summer for insects.