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Fobbing Marsh Nature Reserve

This 187 acre site is one of the few remaining Thameside grazing marshes, part of which was dammed in the aftermath of the 1953 floods.

What to look for:

In addition to the grazing meadows, there are areas of rough grassland, saltmarsh, seawalls and an adjoining small reedbed. Its flowering plants are typical of Thameside marshes, including Hairy Buttercup, Knotted Hedge Parsley, Slender Hare's-ear and Sea Barley together with the the normal range of saltmarsh plants and, in early summer, large colourful patches of vetches and tares. It also supports Corn Chervil and the nationally rare Least Lettuce.

In summer there are many dragonflies and damselflies to be seen. Corn Bunting and Yellow Wagtail breed regularly and the marah is used by wintering raptors, wildfowl and waders. Visiting passage migrants include Wheatear and Whinchat.

Accessible at all times. Dogs are restricted to certain times and areas.

Directions - Down Marsh Lane, 800m north of Fobbing church and about a mile from the A13. Park in Fobbing High Road near the top of Marsh Lane. Please leave the entrance to Marsh Lane clear as it is used by wide farm machinery. Walk down Marsh Lane and at the bottom take the left hand fork and follow the track until you see the the reserve noticeboard - this is almost a mile from the High Road.

Public Transport - A bus service from Basildon and Stanford-le-Hope stops at Marsh Lane.

Did you know?

Part of the nature reserve was dammed in the aftermath of the 1953 floods.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Stanford Warren Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Horndon Meadow Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Fobbing Marsh
Nature Reserve
Down Marsh Lane
800m north of Fobbing Church and about a mile from the A13
Map reference
TQ 716 845
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Accessible at all times
75.68 hectares
Park in Fobbing High Road near the top of Marsh Lane
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960