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Two Tree Island, Leigh-on Sea

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Wildlife Area
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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  • Split into two separate sites are used by dog walkers and bird watchers equally. The western side has a bird santuary which can be viewed from a hide as well as from the seawall. A good variety of sea...  more »
  • Visiting Two Tree Island is a little hit & miss in my opinion. Providing the weather is okay you can walk along the tow path and get right down to the waters edge where they launch their boats. There ...  more »
  • A lovely little walk around the island...not lots to see, and very windy, but a nice quiet place to clear your mind.  more »