Lower Raypits

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Lower Raypits: 137 acres of saltmarsh, intertidal and grazing habitats that serves as a notable feeding and roosting area for wildfowl and waders. Wigeon, teal and pintail often use the area in winter in nationally important numbers, with up to 5,000 on the Crouch.

Dykes and seawalls support nationally scarce plants, including beaked tasselweed, sea barley, curved hard-grass and grass vetchling. Scarce emerald damselfly, Roesels bush-cricket and a wealth of insects and other invertebrates are present.

The pasture and grassy seawall support populations of small mammals which attract hen harrier and short-eared owl in winter.

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Access is via a long walk along the sea wall starting from the entrance to the Lion Creek reserve. This is on the Canewdon­Wallasea Island road, 1.5 miles east of Canewdon village

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

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