Thurrock beauty spot is Essex’s top birdwatching site, say experts

THURROCK’S Coalhouse Fort has been named Essex’s top birdwatching site.

The park in East Tilbury came first in a ranking of 100 wildlife sites across the county.

The list was created by the Essex Birdwatching Society after visitors spotted 89 different species of bird.

Birds spotted at Coalhouse Fort included dark-bellied brent geese, a calling little owl, a peregrine falcon, kestrels and marsh harriers.

The society created the ranking during its Big County Birdwatch – an event organised to mark the society’s 70th anniversary.

It asked its members to spend time at locations around Essex during a four-day window in September and record what species they spotted, then send in the data.

Abberton Reservoir, near Colchester, came second in the ranking, with 86 species spotted. Rainham Marshes was third with 82.

Fingringhoe Wick and Holland Haven came joint fourth, with 79 species spotted.

Hanningfield Reservoir and Heybridge came joint sixth, with 75 species each.

Charles Thomson

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