Most visitors to Fambridge Yacht Haven are intrigued by the wildlife surrounding the salt marsh and variety of birds seen regularly.
With mud flats, tidal flats, salt marshes, tidal ditches and coastal grasslands surrounding the River Crouch, the area has become an area of international importance for wildlife and wildlife conservation. There are a number of sites in the area that have been marked as Sites of Special Scientific Interests (SSSI) and Special Protections Areas (SPA).
Over 25,000 water birds visit the estuary each year with many species only found in the wetlands on the river bank. Some of the more unique sightings include Brent Geese, shelduck, shoveler, black-tailed godwit, sandpiper, warbler, yellowhammer and much more! More common sightings include oyster catcher, curlew, redshanks, cormorant, mergansers and skylarks.
The borrowdykes, the ditches behind the sea wall which were initially dug out to provide clay for the sea wall construction, are now the perfect habitat for the increasingly rare water vole.
Seals are occasionally seen feeding on the rich fish and invertebrate life of the estuary and often find their way into our marina.
Where to go
There are bird hides positioned around Blue House Farm, just to the east of the marina, which provides a great location for bird watching over the Nature Reserve. The farm links up to the sea wall (via a permissive path open April - October only) which runs all the way to Burnham-on-Crouch and beyond. The sea wall footpath is open all-year round and provides stunning locations for seeing wildlife over the flat fields and into Cuckoo Marsh. See a map of the sea wall path and the Permissive Footpath to the hides. The Reserve Warden can be contacted on 01621 740687.
Photo Credits: Tropical Zoo Essex, Will Hubbard, Paul Rowe