RSPB Wallasea Island

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RSPB Wallasea Island photograph
RSPB Wallasea Island

RSPB Wallasea Island

Wallasea Island is bounded to the north by the River Crouch, to the south east by the River Roach, and to the west by Paglesham Pool and the narrow Paglesham Creek.Much of the island is farmland, and wheat is the main crop. A small settlement at its western end is linked by road to the mainland and is home to a campsite and marina. It is linked by a ferry to Burnham-on-Crouch.It is possible to walk for about 8 mi (13 km) around most of the sea wall. The south side of the island is one of the most tranquil places in Essex, where wildlife typical of open farmland such as skylarks, corn buntings and hares can be observed. Close by, on the opposite side of the estuary of the River Roach, Foulness Island and Potton Island are visible.
In December 2008, the RSPB submitted a planning application to Essex County Council for a £12 million scheme to break open Wallasea's remaining sea walls and turn the rest of the island's farmland into a wetland bird reserve. In September 2012 it was announced that work had begun on the Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project under which around 4.5 million tonnes of earth will be transported to Wallasea Island to help create the nature reserve. This will come from the London Crossrail tunnel excavation
Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project is a landmark work in progress. It aims to recreate some of England’s lost coastal landscape and save it, both for the incredible wildlife that relies on it and generations to come.
Interesting site at all times with wintering brent goose, skylark, peregrine, hen harrier and usual 30+ flocks of corn bunting pictured.

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