Fingringhoe Wick

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Fingringhoe Wick
The Lake at Fingringhoe Wick nature reserve - - 1520757.jpg
Type Nature reserve
Location Fingringhoe, Essex
OS grid TM 048 193
Area 48.6 hectares
Managed by Essex Wildlife Trust

Fingringhoe Wick is a 48.6 hectare nature reserve in Fingringhoe in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust, which runs a visitor centre on the site.[1] It is part of the Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest,[2] Ramsar site[3] and Nature Conservation Review site.[4]

These former gravel quarries were the Trust's first reserve, established in 1961. Habitats are the Colne Estuary, gorse heathland, grassland, reedbeds and ponds. There are nearly 200 species of birds and 350 of flowering plants, together with many dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies. The reserve is famous for its 35-plus singing males of Common Nightingale in the spring.[1]

The site can be accessed by a 30 to 45 minute walk along the Gravel Pit Trail from Fingringhoe village.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Fingringhoe Wick". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Colne Estuary citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS): Colne Estuary (Mid-Essex Coast Phase 2)" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  4. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 7–8. ISBN 0521 21403 3. 

Coordinates: 51°50′06″N 0°58′16″E / 51.835°N 0.971°E / 51.835; 0.971

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