Fobbin Marsh Marc Outten
Yellowhammer Dave McGough

Dave McGough

Luke Massey 2020 Vision

Wheatear - Luke Massey/2020 Vision

Fobbin Marsh Marc O

Fobbing Marsh Nature Reserve

Wander through one of the few remaining Thameside grazing marshes; full of flowering plants and visiting migrant birds

Location

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Fobbing
Essex

OS Map Reference

TQ 716 845
A static map of Fobbing Marsh Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
76 hectares

Parking information

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Access

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Dogs

Dogs permitted
Dogs are restricted to certain areas at different times of the year

When to visit

Opening times

Accessible at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

A popular nature reserve for visiting passage migrants, look out for the Wheatear and Whinchat amongst the grazing meadows during spring and autumn and the 'jangling keys' call of the increasingly scarce Corn Bunting in summer.

Throughout the year look for the beautiful small yellow bird, the Yellowhammer, sitting up in the trees. During summer you will be greeted with colourful displays of vetches and tares whilst many Dragonflies and Damselflies can be seen foraging along the ditches across the reserve. Many of the flowering plants are typical of Thameside marshes, including Hairy Buttercup, Knotted Hedge Parsley, Sea Barley and Slender Hare’s-ear, but there are also more uncommon species such as the nationally rare Least Lettuce.

In winter, the marsh is used by wintering raptors, wildfowl and waders, such as Wigeon, Teal and Marsh Harrier.

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Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)