Abbotts Hall Farm

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Abbotts Hall Farm

Abbotts Hall Farm

Abbotts Hall Farm is a 282 hectare nature reserve in Great Wigborough in Essex. It is the head office of the Essex Wildlife Trust, which manages the site. It is also part of the Blackwater Estuary National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Ramsar site,Special Protection Area and Special Area of Conservation.
This is a working farm which is managed to encourage wildlife. New seawalls have been built to create marshland, which has many fish which provide food for migrating birds. A new lake has also been constructed, and fields provide additional habitats for fauna such as skylarks.
The costal marshes of Essex are disappearing very rapidly (up to 60% of these marshes have been eroded by the sea in the last 20 years). The project at Abbotts Hall Farm shows that these marshes can be created on low-lying land behind sea walls. The marshes are internationally important for wildlife, particularly migrating birds, which come in their thousands to the Essex Coast.

Breeding shelduck, avocet, yellow wagtail, skylark, redshank, pochard, oystercatcher, ringed plover.The site attracts both wintering wildfowl and waders.

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