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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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  • Came here a few weeks ago for a Sunday walk. Two couples and a dog (yes the owners do clear up after him). We parked in the station car park which only had a couple of ticket machines and a queue as y...  more »
  • Autumn is a brilliant time to visit two tree Island. The Siberian Geese are wintering here, and there are all sort of other waterfowl around. It's a bit of wildness amid the built up Thames Corridor -...  more »
  • Access to Two Tree is not the most user friendly most visitors arrive by car having negotiated the queue for the "tip", the vicious traffic humps,suspension wrecking pot holes and commuter parked cars...  more »