RSPB Wallasea Island – The Wild Coast Project
What is the Wild Coast Project?
Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project is a landmark conservation and engineering scheme for the 21st century, on a scale never before attempted in the UK and the largest of its type in Europe. The aim of this project is to combat the threats from climate change and coastal flooding by recreating the ancient wetland landscape of mudflats and saltmarsh, lagoons and pasture. It will also help to compensate for the loss of such tidal habitats elsewhere in England. Once completed, this will provide a haven for a wonderful array of nationally and internationally important wildlife and an amazing place for the local community, and those from further afield, to come and enjoy.
Although the reserve is planned to be in development until around 2019, you're welcome to come along and view the RSPB’s progress as each phase comes to life and the marshland naturally regenerates. The current sea wall access along the North (Defra) sea wall is a wonderful place to come to relax and enjoy, whether for walking, cycling, bird watching, painting, photography or simply taking in the sea air.
Over the coming years, the scheme will create a varied wetland landscape with more than nine miles (15 km) of new and improved access routes, and eventually a range of visitor facilities.
Where is Wallasea Island and how can I get there?
The reserve is free to enter. The surface of the car park and pathway leading to the entrance is grass.
Map reference: TQ 941946
SatNav users should use the nearest postcode – SS4 2ES – then follow the brown tourism signs.
From the historic market town of Rochford take the Ashingdon Road until you see the brown tourism sign at Brays Lane and follow these to the RSPB Wallasea Island Wild Coast. Parking is free and there are designated disabled parking bays.
The nearest train station is in the market town of Rochford on the London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria line and takes 50 minutes. The reserve is 6.6 miles (10.5 km) away.
The nearest bus stop at Loftmans Corner is in the village of Canewdon which is about two miles (3.2 km) from reserve.
Stephensons Bus Route 60 runs from Southend on Sea through Rochford to Canewdon.
On foot from Loftmans Corner head east away from Canewdon onto Creeksea Ferry Road. Continue along this road onto Island and to reserve entrance.
- Bike The reserve is 6.6 miles (10.5 km) away from Rochford and 7.3 miles (11.7 km) from Hockley. There is a bike shelter at the reserve.
The reserve can be accessed across the River Crouch via the passenger foot ferry from Burnham on Crouch. The scheduled ferry service between Wallasea Marina and Burnham runs six days a week (not Wednesday) between 10.00 and 17.00. It is operated as an 'on demand' service by phoning 07704 060482.
London Southend Airport lies close to the market town of Rochford.
What can I see and do there?
Find out more about the seasonal highlights on the reserve and events:
What facilities are there?
At this time we do not have any amenities or visitor facilities at the site.
There is a bike shelter which displays posters and information on upcoming events and about RSPB Wallasea Island. Benches and visitor hides can be found at several points within the reserve.
What are the opening times?
The sea wall footpath which runs along the northern side of the reserve along the River Crouch, providing uninterrupted views to the north of the river, is open at all times.
The reserve itself is open at all times between 8am and 8pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.
Can I walk my dog on Wallasea Island?
Dog are not permitted on the island as it is a reserve for important bird species and other wildlife. Dogs on leads however are permitted on the sea wall as it is a public right of way.
How can I keep up to date with the latest news?
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