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Two Tree Island, Leigh-on Sea

(3.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Two Tree Island, 257ha, lies north-east of Canvey Island and south-west of Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, England. It is connected to the mainland at Leigh by a bridge.The island was reclaimed from the Thames Estuary in the 18th century and used as pasture until 1910 when a sewage works was built on it. From 1936, the entire island was used as a landfill site; this was later reduced to a single small site on the island in 1974. It is now a nature reserve, run by Essex Wildlife Trust, and the eastern half is part of the Leigh National Nature Reserve. At the western end are two bird hides; one overlooks a purpose-built scrape or lagoon where waders feed. During the breeding season both waders (including Avocets) and gulls nest here. A nest watch has been organised for some years following a serious case of Avocet egg stealing. On the south side of the island, at the end of the island road, is a sloping concrete jetty, a boat storage area and two car parking areas.
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  • The area is so quiet and typically seaside town, boats and wetland, birds and fish.... The walk is about 45 minutes each way from leigh on sea train station +/- a bit, and if you continue your return ...  more »
  • Easy free parking..good footpaths to follow..basically around the island..saw two hides.. Which were fun for the children to spot the birds from..one down fall..there are a lot of dog walkers there. A...  more »
  • A lovely place for a walk and for bird watchers and photographers. I took the dog which was wonderful for him although I was very aware of the numerous photographers were wary of him. My first visit a...  more »