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Get the wildlife 'wow' on the Essex Coast

Under leaden skies with a face full of wind there's nowhere like Copt Hall for refreshing the mind and blowing away the cobwebs.

As a working farm, our work at Copt Hall balanced arable crop production and access with coastal nature conservation. Our work ranges from creating nectar-rich field margins for insects and adders to the maintenance of wet grassland for waders and wildfowl.

A really important breeding area for birds, these have been on the increase since we started this work. Attracting arable species such as Lapwings, and scarcer ones too like Barn and Short-eared owls, Kestrels and Marsh harriers, the scrapes create a great environment for and to see them. Or why not perch in our bird hide?

Copt Hall's marshes on the remote and beautiful Blackwater Estuary are a noted site for waders and overwintering birds. These can be viewed whilst enjoying a bracing walk along the sea wall.

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