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Woodham Fen Nature Reserve

This 20 acre reserve lies between and near the tidal limits of two small creeks running south into the River Crouch. There is a wide range of saltmarsh plants and the reserve also attracts many unusual birds.

The southern part is saltmarsh and the northern rough grassland with a transitional zone between the two - of special interest because this natural transition is now very unusual in Essex.

What to look for:

There is a wide range of saltmarsh plants, including Sea Wormwood and the grassland is full of wild flowers, including Slender Birdsfoot Trefoil, Grass Vetching, Wild Carrot and Crested Hair-grass.

The reserve also attracts many unusual birds such as Reed Bunting, Yellow Wagtail and Meadow Pipit and a variety of small waders occure on passage. Teal, Common, Jack Snipe, and Rock Pipit are to be found in winter when Kkingfishers hunt along the creeks for eels. Barn Owls and other birds of prey hunt over the grassland for the many Field Voles.

Bush Crickets and Saltmarsh Moths are notable among the insects. Essex Skipper and a number of the other common butterflies are abundant, as are Common Lizards and Slow Worms.

Accessible at all times via footpaths which can be very muddy in winter. Dogs allowed if under effective control.

Public Transport - the railway station at South Woodham Ferrers is about five minutes walk via a footpath.

Directions - Woodham Fen can be entered from the A132 (Basildon/Wickford-Woodham) at the Shaw Farm roundabout, 4.5 miles from Wickford, where it meets the B1012.

Did you know?

The reserve lies withn a much larger area of common land owned by South Woodham Town Council. This area is managed on advice from the Trust and in all includes about 85 acres of grassland, scrub, ditches and ponds.

Species and habitats


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Stow Maries Halt Nature Reserve
2 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
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Reserve information

Woodham Fen
Nature Reserve
Woodham Fen
South Woodham Ferrers
Map reference
TQ 798 975
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Accessible at all times
8.10 hectares
Walking information
Footpaths can be muddy in winter
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01621 862960