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Two Tree Island, Leigh-on Sea

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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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  • Love the walks around this area & visit most days with my dog so much to see & my dog loves to swim off the jetty x you can launch small boats here too for a fee I love the bird life & just sitting & ...  more »
  • Interesting area to walk and observe nature , a pleasant place for a summer picnic. Good parking space.  more »
  • 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 »