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Wallasea Island is the site of RSPB's Wild Coast Project. Previously arable farmland enclosed within a seawall, starting in 2010 spoil from the Crossrail project was imported to recreate large areas of coastal habitat such as existed here before the seawall was built. Earlier, in 2006, a series of lagoons were created by DEFRA along the northern edge of the island as compensation for habitat lost to development elsewhere.
In winter thousands of wildfowl and waders colonise the new habitats. Dunlin, grey plover, redshank, turnstone and curlew feed on the mud or roost on the islands; shelduck, mallard, teal and wigeon on the open water; grey heron and little egret around the fringes; and flocks of lapwing and golden plover on the grazing marsh.
From Rochford, take the Ashingdon Road and turn right into Brays Lane. Follow the brown tourist signs from there, along Apton Hall Road and then Creeksea Ferry Road. SatNav: SS4 2HD.
Train to Burnham and ferry from there (Easter to end September). Phone 07704 060482 for details and to book.
Accessible at all times. Car park open 8am to dusk or 7.30pm.
Dogs allowed only on the seawall footpath.