Howlands Marsh

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Howlands Marsh
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Type Nature reserve
Location St Osyth, Essex
OS grid TM 115 169
Area 29.9 hectares
Managed by Essex Wildlife Trust

Howlands Marsh is a 29.9 hectare nature reserve north-east of St Osyth in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.[1] It is part of the Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest[2] Special Protection Area[3] and Ramsar site,[4] and the Blackwater Flats and Marshes Nature Conservation Review site.[5]

This site is marshy grassland, which is low lying and hummocky, and divided by water channels. There are also areas of saltmarsh, which has sea wormwood and golden samphire. Breeding birds include reed warblers, skylarks, lapwings and reed buntings.[1]

There is access by a footpath from the B1027 road.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Howlands Marsh". 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 23 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Colne Estuary (Mid-Essex Coast Phase 2)". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands (RIS): Colne Estuary (Mid-Essex Coast Phase 2)" (PDF). Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ Ratcliffe, Derek (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 7–8. ISBN 0521 21403 3.

Coordinates: 51°48′40″N 1°04′01″E / 51.811°N 1.067°E / 51.811; 1.067

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