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Great Holland Pits Nature Reserve

A former gravel pit, this 40 acre reserve includes heathy grassland, pasture, a remnant of old woodland, large and small pools and wet depressions. There are attractive views of Holland Brook meandering through water meadows.

A very popular nature reserve and in many respects a smaller version of Fingringhoe Wick, the reserve is 40 acres. Gravel was extracted here until 1964. Habitats include heathy grassland, pasture, a remnant of old woodland, large and small pools and wet depressions. From the high ground there are attractive views of Holland Brook meandering through water meadows.

What to look for:

There is a wide variety of flowering plants including localised Essex species such as Moschatel, Yellow Archangel, Small-flowered Buttercup, Mousetail, Carline Thistle, several small clovers, True Bulrush, Soft Shield and Hart's-tongue Ferns. There is a good variety of birdlife, with the Nightingale among the summer visitors, and several aquatic species including Kingfisher, Coot and Little Grebe. Woodcock frequently use the reserve in winter.

Accessible at all times. Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Directions - The reserve entrance is 800m west of the Lion's Den pub at Great Holland, north of the Little Clacton Road.

Public Transport - buses stop at the Lion's Den pub on the route from Clacton to Walton.

Did you know?

Long eared Owls frequently use the nature reserve in the winter.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Weeleyhall Wood Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Skipper's Island Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
The Naze Centre
5 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Great Holland Pits
Nature Reserve
800m west of the Lion's Den pub at Great Holland, north of the Little Clacton Road
Great Holland
Essex
Map reference
TM 204 190
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Accessible at all times.
Size
16.20 hectares
Parking
yes
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960
admin@essexwt.org.uk