Sandbeach Meadows

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Sandbeach Meadows
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Sandbeach Meadows 5.jpg
Area of SearchEssex
Grid referenceTM 021050
InterestBiological
Area30.0 hectares
Notification1987
Location mapMagic Map

Sandbeach Meadows are a 30.3 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the Dengie Peninsula, south-east of Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. The local planning authority is Maldon District Council.[1][2]

The site is seven fields of unimproved grassland, and it is almost the only survivor of the formlerly extensive Dengie grazing marshes. In the winter it supports a nationally important population of dark-bellied brent geese, and it is also used by wigeons and European white-fronted geese. Several ditches have meanders which survive from when they were salt-marsh creeks.[1]

The site is in two separate areas which are private land, but the St Peter's Way long distance footpath goes through the southern area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sandbeach Meadows citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Map of Sandbeach Meadows". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 17 July 2016.

Coordinates: 51°42′25″N 0°55′26″E / 51.707°N 0.924°E / 51.707; 0.924