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Tollesbury Wick is a 242.8 hectare nature reserve east of Tollesbury in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Tollesbury is a village in England, located on the Essex coast at the mouth of the River Blackwater. It is situated nine miles east of the historic port of Maldon and twelve miles south of Colchester.
Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.
The Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) is one of 47 wildlife trusts which cover the United Kingdom. The EWT was founded in 1959, and it describes itself as Essex's leading conservation charity, which aims to protect wildlife for the future and the people of the county. As of January 2017, it has over 34,000 members and runs 87 nature reserves, 2 nature parks and 11 visitor centres.
This is coastal freshwater marsh which is grazed by sheep, and is worked by traditional methods which encourage wildlife. Areas of ungrazed rough pasture have badgers, and field voles and pygmy shrews are hunted by hen harriers and short-eared owls.
Badgers are short-legged omnivores in the family Mustelidae, which also includes the otters, polecats, weasels, and wolverines. They belong to the caniform suborder of carnivoran mammals. The 11 species of badgers are grouped in three subfamilies: Melinae, Mellivorinae, and Taxideinae. The Asiatic stink badgers of the genus Mydaus were formerly included within Melinae, but recent genetic evidence indicates these are actually members of the skunk family, placing them in the taxonomic family Mephitidae.
The field vole or short-tailed vole is a grey-brown vole, around four inches in length, with a short tail. It is one of the most common mammals in Europe, with a range extending from the Atlantic coast to Lake Baikal. These voles are found in moist grassy habitats, such as woodland, marsh or on river banks. Although they make shallow burrows, they usually build nests above ground. They are an important food source for owls and some other predators and their population size tends to peak and trough cyclically. Field voles breed prolifically, mainly in summer, but often all year round, even under snow. Females produce up to seven litters a year, each averaging from four to six young which are weaned after about fourteen days. The field vole is both widespread and common and is listed as being of "Least Concern" by the IUCN.
The Eurasian pygmy shrew, often known simply as the pygmy shrew, is a widespread shrew of northern Eurasia. It is the only shrew native to Ireland.
There is access from the sea wall only to a footpath to a bird hide.
The Blackwater Estuary is the estuary of the River Blackwater between Maldon and West Mersea in Essex. It is a 5,538 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). An area of 4,395 hectares is also designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, and a Special Protection Area 1,099 hectares is a National Nature Reserve. Tollesbury Wick and part of Abbotts Hall Farm, both nature reserve managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust, are in the SSSI.
The Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway was an 8-mile-42-chain (13.72 km) light railway in Essex, England. It was authorised under the Light Railways Act 1896 and operated between the two villages of Kelvedon and Tollesbury to the south of Colchester. The line, which was part of the Great Eastern Railway (GER), was authorised on 29 January 1901, although its opening was delayed until 1 October 1904.
Colne Estuary is a 2915 hectare biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Brightlingsea in Essex. It is also a Nature Conservation Review site, a National Nature Reserve, a Ramsar wetland site of international importance, a Special Protection Area, a Special Area of Conservation, and a Geological Conservation Review site. Three areas in the site are managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust, Colne Point, Fingringhoe Wick and Howlands Marsh.
Tollesbury railway station was on the Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway, serving the village of Tollesbury, Essex. The station was 8 miles 42 chains (13.72 km) from Kelvedon station.
Tollesbury Pier railway station was a short-lived terminus of an extension of the Kelvedon and Tollesbury Light Railway, serving Tollesbury's pier on the River Blackwater in Essex. The station was opened in 1907. The station was 10 miles 8 chains (16.25 km) from Kelvedon station.
Sawbridgeworth Marsh is a 6.3 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire, apart from a small area in the north which is in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. The planning authorities are East Hertfordshire District Council and Uttlesford District Council.
Thorley Wash or Thorley Flood Pound is a 17.3 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Thorley, south of Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire. It was formerly a flood pound for the Stort Navigation, which was decommissioned in 2004 and converted to a more natural state. It was purchased by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust from the Environment Agency in 2011.
Pound Wood is a 22.3 nature reserve in Thundersley in Essex. It is owned and managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Oxley Meadow is a 3.2 hectare nature reserve in Tolleshunt Knights, near Tiptree in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Colne Point is a 276.4 hectare nature reserve south-west of St Osyth in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. It is part of the Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, National Nature Reserve. Ramsar site, Nature Conservation Review site and Special Protection Area. It is also part of the Essex Estuaries Special Area of Conservation.
Fingringhoe Wick is a 48.6 hectare nature reserve in Fingringhoe in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust, which runs a visitor centre on the site. It is part of the Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest, Ramsar site and Nature Conservation Review site.
Horndon Meadow is a 0.8 hectare nature reserve north of Stanford-le-Hope in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Maldon Wick is a 6.1 hectare nature reserve in Maldon in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Roman River Valley is a 17.8 hectare nature reserve north of Layer de la Haye in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Sandylay and Moat Woods is a 7.5 hectare nature reserve east of Great Leighs in Essex. It is owned and managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Shotgate Thickets is a 3.2 hectare nature reserve east of Wickford in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Stanford Warren is a 16.6 hectare nature reserve south of Stanford-le-Hope in Essex. It is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
Stow Maries Halt is a 2.2 hectare nature reserve south of Stow Maries in Essex. It is owned and managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.
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