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Two Tree Island, Leigh-on Sea

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.4/5 based on 110+ 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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  • 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...  read more »
  • Peace and nature are the order of the day here! A lovely morning walk with our Rough Collie on Sunday. Call in at the cafe by the golf range. Good food, reasonable prices, and friendly staff .... grea...  read more »
  • Why do dog owners feel that is unnecessary to clear up after their dogs just because this is a large, essentially unmanicured area. It is quite disgusting to have to pick your way through all this dog...  read more »
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