Woodham Fen

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Woodham Fen: This reserve is 31 acres. The southern part is saltmarsh and the northern rough grassland with a transitional zone between the two - of special interest It has a wide range of saltmarsh plants, including sea wormwood, and the grassland is full of wild flowers, including unusual ones such as slender birdsfoot trefoil, grass vetchling, wild carrot and crested hair-grass.

It also attracts many unusual birds, such as reed bunting, yellow wagtail and meadow pipit, and a variety of small waders occur on passage. Teal, common and jack snipe, and rock pipit are to be found in winter, when kingfishers hunt along the creeks for eels. Barn owls and other birds of prey hunt over the grassland for the many field voles.

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Woodham Fen can be entered from the A132 (Basildon/Wickford­Woodham) at the Shaw Farm roundabout, 4.5 miles from Wickford, where it meets the B1012. To reach Marsh Farm turn right down Ferrers Road and follow Ferrers Road and Inchbonnie Road round to Marsh Farm Road.


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