Goldhanger, Blackwater Estuary April 21

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The Blackwater Estuary is a 5,538 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with 4,395 hectares being designated as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance and Special Protection Area, while 1,099 hectares of the Estuary is a National Nature Reserve.

The Estuary includes Tollesbury Wick and part of Abbotts Hall Farm, nature reserves managed by Essex Wildlife Trust and also withing the SSSI area.

The Estuary has been a popular Oysters farming location for over a thousand years and there are remains of fish weirs from the Anglo-Saxon era dotted along the coastline. At the head of the estuary is the historic maritime town of Maldon, which is a centre of salt production, as well as offering a wide range of seaborne tours and chartered cruises.

Also located on the Eastuary is Northey Island, a special place due to the use of the islands for the first experiments in the UK of 'managed retreat', whereby a saltmarsh is created by setting sea walls back from what are perceived to be unsustainable positions. The area is notable as a breeding area for Little Tern and as a transit point for Ringed Plover birds.

Other notable bird species include Pied avocet, Black-tailed godwit, Dark-bellied brent geese, Dunlin, Eurasian golden plover, Grey plover, Hen harrier, Common redshank, Ruff and Common shelduck.

The estuary is also the current mooring location for the radio ship Ross Revenge, the home of former pirate station Radio Caroline.

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Blackwater Estuary

Type:River

Blackwater, CM9 5HW

What's Nearby

  1. Small Island in the Blackwater Estuary with a large area of undisturbed salt marsh.
    Site…

    0.9 miles away
  2. Surrounded by mature trees, this attractive site has access to the adjacent sea wall…

    1.48 miles away
  3. This waterway runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects the county…

    1.52 miles away
  1. This waterway runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects the county…

    1.52 miles away
  2. A quiet and peaceful park, with marshland flora & fauna. Ideal for access to the sea…

    1.55 miles away
  3. An area of worked-out flooded gravel pits to the north of the River Blackwater. It has a…

    1.7 miles away
  4. An area of worked-out flooded gravel pits to the north of the River Blackwater. It has a…

    1.7 miles away
  5. One of the highlights of a walk around Promenade Park is to walk along the extension,…

    1.9 miles away
  6. A large sports ground with associated sports pavilion and changing rooms. It is the home…

    2.02 miles away
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  8. Located in the valley, with the Splash Park and Galleon, you can be right in the middle…

    2.15 miles away
  9. The deckchair Hut, operated by The Maldon Deckchair Company is offering deckchair hire at…

    2.15 miles away
  10. Millenium Wood is an extension of Promenade Park & is a wildlife area consisting of…

    2.21 miles away
  11. The Maldon Promenade Petting Zoo is home to over 70 species of animals when we are open…

    2.22 miles away
  12. This 100 year old Edwardian park encompasses an ornamental lake, a large water Splash…

    2.32 miles away
  13. For well over a thousand years Hythe Quay has been the gateway to Maldon for vessels…

    2.37 miles away
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  1. Address

    Blue House Farm Chase, North Fambridge, Essex, CM3 6GU

    Telephone

    +44 (0)1621 862960

    North Fambridge

    Blue House Farm was bought by the Essex Wildlife Trust in 1998 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and many other donors.

  2. Address

    Ferry Road, Creeksea, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, CM0 8PQ

    Telephone

    01621 782282

    Burnham-on-Crouch

    Superb 18 hole riverside course with stunning views over the River Crouch.

  3. Address

    Cooks Barge Yard, The Hythe, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5HN

    Telephone

    01621 857567

    Maldon

    Historic sailing barges ‘Hydrogen’ and ‘Thistle’ are available for regular public cruises and also for private hire for groups up to 50 from a variety of East Coast locations including Maldon and Ipswich.

  4. Address

    Nipselss Chase, Mayland, Essex, CM3 6EH

    Telephone

    01621 743551

    Mayland

    Previously a dense blackthorn scrub that was completely inaccessible, this site has now been opened up in part with paths & a central glade. There are a number of picnic benches & an information board about the site & its abundant wildlife.

  5. Address

    21 High Street, Burnham, Essex, CM0 8AG

    Telephone

    01621 785339

    Burnham

    Helen Rollason Cancer Charity is dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer. Our Support Centres in Essex and London are vital in helping people living with cancer. The centres offer a range of complementary therapies to…

  6. Address

    40 White Horse Lane, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5QP

    Telephone

    01621 855113

    Maldon

    Mens (Hair)

  7. Address

    37 High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PF

    Telephone

    01621 853500

    Maldon

    Talking Flowers is a florist shop that delivers flowers, bouquts, arrangements and floral tributes to Maldon and the surrounding areas, including hand-tied designs, baskets and centrepieces. Flowers for weddings, funerals and special occasions of…

  8. Address

    Tolleshunt D'Arcy Road, Tolleshunt Major, Maldon, CM9 8LN

    Telephone

    01621 860265

    Tolleshunt Major

    An attractive site on the edge of the village with areas of long grass, hedgerows and mature oak trees. Car park, football pitch, 5 a side goals, basketball hoop, children's play site, dog walk area, teen shelter and seating.

  9. Address

    Tollesbury Marina, Woodrolfe Rd, Tollesbury, Essex, CM9 8SE

    Telephone

    01621 869561

    Tollesbury

    Situated in the heart of one of the friendliest marinas on the East Coast facilities at this club include a restaurant and bar, swimming pool and tennis courts.

  10. Address

    61A High Street, Burnham, CM0 8AH

    Telephone

    01621 782771

    Burnham

    Sofia’s Boutique opened in October2021 and is named after the daughter of owners Vas and Kalitsa Elia – Sofia Elia. The store aims to offer residents a range of high-quality items at affordable prices. It contains two rooms with racks of clothes…

  11. Address

    151 Station Road, Burnham, CM0 8HJ

    Telephone

    01621 781000

    Burnham

    Unisex hair salon offering a wide range of hair treatments.

  12. Address

    6-8 Station Road, Burnham, CM0 8BG

    Telephone

    01621 786140

    Burnham

    Convenience store selling groceries, confectionery, cards, wines and spirits, newspapers and more.

  13. Address

    167 High Street, Maldon, CM9 5BS

    Telephone

    01621 842963

    Maldon

    First Stop Supermarket is a well-stocked convenience store with an array of genuinely fresh vegetables, fruit and generous bunches of herbs, as well as all the everyday grocery and household essentials. The store also has an off-licence and is open…

  14. Address

    Fambridge Yacht Haven, Church Road, North Fambridge, CM3 6LU

    Telephone

    07950 435939

    North Fambridge

    Fambridge Lake offers paddle sports, wildlife watching, duck feeding, lakeside decking and picnic area. The venue offers paddle sports, SUP, kayaks and rowing, with stunning views over the Crouch.

  15. Jacobs Farm Shop

    Address

    Jacobs Farm, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4YA

    Telephone

    01621 853395

    Maldon

    A wide selection of fresh fruit & vegetables

  16. Address

    Off London Road, Beeleigh, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL

    Telephone

    07506 867122

    Maldon

    Three acres of riverside gardens in a picturesque and historic setting dating from the 13th century

  17. Address

    Behind Park Drive Health Club, Park Drive, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5UR

    Telephone

    07469 883385

    Maldon

    Padel Tennis is like a cross between tennis and squash. It’s usually played in doubles on an enclosed court surrounded by walls of glass and metallic mash. The court is one third of the size of a tennis court. The ball can bounce of any wall but can…

  18. Address

    Church Road, North Fambridge, North Fambridge, CM3 6LU

    Telephone

    01621 744842

    North Fambridge

    Boatshed is one of the world's largest yacht brokerage groups in the world, specialising in the sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats. It prides itself on giving potential buyers the most complete and accurate picture of the boat…

  19. Address

    8A Market Hill, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4PZ

    Telephone

    01621 857511

    Maldon

    T J Frostick & Son cobbler offers a friendly, traditional repair service for all your shoes and boots, including new soles and heels, stitching etc. They also cut all kinds of keys and can do specialist alterations.

  20. Address

    Beckingham Road, Great Totham, Essex, CM9 8EA

    Telephone

    01621 891406

    Great Totham

    Parkland course and practice ground.

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