Howlands Marsh

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Howlands Marsh: The 182 acres reserve consists mainly of low-lying hummocky grassland, split up by dykes and fleets. The fleets and other natural depressions in the grassland are evidence of former creeks and saltmarsh before the seawall was built. There is a narrow fringe of saltmarsh outside the seawall, widening into a large block where the two creeks meet.

The grassland contains much reed, sedge, glaucous bulrush and sea clubrush, and a variety of other plants include spiny restharrow and, particularly on the many anthills, spring whitlow grass and lady's bedstraw. Uncommon plants like slender hares-ear, knotted parsley and sea barley grow on and near the seawall.

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Reached via a public footpath which links a layby on the west side of the B1027 just south of Shangri-la caravan park (600m from the reserve) with The Quay off Mill Street (900m away).

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Several bus services from Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester pass the starting points for the footpath.

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Opening times:

Never closes

Prices:

Free

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Phone: +44 1621 862960.
Email: admin@essexwt.org.uk
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