RSPB South-Essex Marshes - West Canvey Marsh

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West Canvey Marsh

West Canvey Marsh

West Canvey Marsh is the largest single area of green space on Canvey Island. This wonderful wetland reserve includes nearly two miles (3 km) of new nature trails, three viewing points, a picnic area and children's adventure area.
Spring
Butterflies including the brimstone, comma and common blue. Displaying lapwings and redshanks pictured along with oystercatchers and sandpipers. Look out for water voles in the wet ditches.
Summer
Damselflies and dragonflies can be seen around the reserve including the four-spotted chaser and ruddy darter. Butterflies including gatekeepers and marbled whites can be seen in the hedgerows. Hobbies can be seen feeding over the wetland areas, while both reed and sedge warblers will be feeding in the reedbeds.
Autumn
Green and common sandpipers can be seen along the creek, along with redshanks and curlews. Wildfowl numbers begin to build across the wetland... look for our smallest duck, the teal, along with shovelers and gadwalls. Swallows hawk for insects over the wet grassland before they start their migration south.
Winter
Watch out for birds of prey during the winter including marsh harriers, peregrines, sparrowhawks and - with a little bit of luck - our smallest falcon, the merlin. Wigeon numbers will now be at their highest across the wetland - listen for their whistling call. Mixed flocks will be moving through the hedgerows, including blue and great tits along with groups of long-tailed tits.RSPB

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