Lion Creek and Lower Raypits

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Lion Creek and Lower Raypits
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Type Nature reserve
Location Canewdon, Essex
OS grid TQ 923 948
Area 65.2 hectares
Managed by Essex Wildlife Trust

Lion Creek and Lower Raypits is a 65.2 hectare nature reserve east of Canewdon in Essex. It is part of the Crouch and Roach Estuaries Site of Special Scientific Interest,[1][2] and is owned and managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.[3]

The former creek has been cut off from the Crouch Estuary by a seawall, and it has salt marsh plants such as golden samphire and sea-spurrey. There is a bird hide from which many species of sea birds can be seen. Lower Raypits can be accessed from Lion Creek by the seawall path. It has a variety of pasture, salt marsh and intertidal habitats, with nationally scarce plants such as beaked tasselweed, sea barley, grass vetchling and curved hard-grass. Invertebrates include Roesel's bush-cricket.[3]

There is access from the road between Canewdon and Wallasea Island.[3]


  1. ^ "Crouch and Roach estuaries citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Map of The Cliff, Burnham-on-Crouch". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Lion Creek and Lower Raypits". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 4 November 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°37′08″N 0°46′34″E / 51.619°N 0.776°E / 51.619; 0.776

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