Holland Haven Marshes

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Holland Haven Marshes
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Holland Haven Country Park - view from bird hide 2.jpg
View from the Holland Haven Country Park bird hide
Area of SearchEssex
Grid referenceTM 211 170
InterestBiological
Area208.8 hectares
Notification1992
Location mapMagic Map

Holland Haven Marshes is a 208.8 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest north-east of Clacton-on-Sea in Essex. It is an L shaped site which stretches along the coast from Frinton-on-Sea to Holland-on-Sea, and then north along the Holland Brook.[1][2] It includes Holland Haven Country Park, a 22.1 hectare Local Nature Reserve owned and managed by Tendring District Council.[3][4]

A network of ditches radiates from Holland Brook, and these have several nationally scarce aquatic plant species, such as brackish water crowfoot and divided sedge. The site also has grasslands which are botanically important. There are also rare invertebrates, including the Red Book soldier fly Stratiomys singularior. There are many breeding and wintering birds.[1] The country park has a bird hide, parking and toilets.[3]

There is access to the country park from a coastal footpath, but much of the site is on private land with no public access.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Holland Haven Marshes citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Map of Holland Haven Marshes". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Holland Haven". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Map of Holland Haven". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 8 June 2016.

Coordinates: 51°48′54″N 1°13′19″E / 51.815°N 1.222°E / 51.815; 1.222