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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  • August 9, 2017
    Two Tree Island is a nature reserve, with a road that leads through it to the marshes, which offers outstanding views up & down the estuary, and across to Kent. Plenty of wild birds for 'twitchers'. A...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We have been here many times and enjoy it each and every time. You get some great views of Leigh and the Thames Estuary.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Nice little natural habitat place to visit. Doesn't get too busy. Good for walking the dogs which is the only reason I go. You can however use the bird watching posts if you know what you're looking f...  more »

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