Ray Island

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Ray Island
Ray Island - geograph.org.uk - 45909.jpg
Type Nature reserve
Location Mersea Island, Essex, U.K.
OS grid TM 011 154
Area 40.5 hectares
Managed by Essex Wildlife Trust

Ray Island is a 40.5 hectare nature reserve west of Mersea Island in Essex. It is owned by the National Trust and managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.[1]

The site is a sandy hill which rises out of an area of saltmarsh. It has rough grassland and a shingle foreshore. There are saltmarsh plants such as lax flowered sea-lavender, sea rush and golden samphire, and breeding birds include oystercatchers and shelducks.[1]

Access is by boat and is restricted to trust members.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ray Island". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 9 November 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°48′04″N 0°54′54″E / 51.801°N 0.915°E / 51.801; 0.915