Abbotts Hall Farm

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Abbotts Hall Farm
Abbots Hall Pond - geograph.org.uk - 551721.jpg
Type Nature reserve
Location Great Wigborough, Essex
OS grid TL 963 146
Area 282 hectares
Managed by Essex Wildlife Trust

Abbotts Hall Farm is a 282 hectare nature reserve in Great Wigborough in Essex. It is the head office of the Essex Wildlife Trust, which manages the site.[1] It is also part of the Blackwater Estuary National Nature Reserve,[2] Site of Special Scientific Interest,[3][4] Ramsar site,[5] Special Protection Area[6] and Special Area of Conservation,[7] It is an important archaeological site,[8] and includes a Scheduled Monument, Great Wigborough henge.[9]

This is a working farm which is managed to encourage wildlife. New seawalls have been built to create marshland, which has many fish which provide food for migrating birds. A new lake has also been constructed, and fields provide additional habitats for fauna such as skylarks.[1]

There is access to some areas and footpaths across others.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Abbotts Hall Farm". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Essex's National Nature Reserves". Natural England. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Blackwater Estuary citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Map of Blackwater Estuary". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS): Blackwater Estuary (Mid-Essex Coast Phase 4)" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Blackwater Estuary (Mid-Essex Coast Phase 4)". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Essex Estuaries". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Abbotts Hall Farm: Archaeology" (PDF). Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Great Wigborough henge". Historic England. Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°47′46″N 0°50′42″E / 51.796°N 0.845°E / 51.796; 0.845

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