Holland Haven CP
200ac/81ha SSSI (part), LNR
Grid ref: TM 220 175 (click for o/s map)
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This country park, managed by Tendring Council, consists of coastal grassland and marshland around the mouth of the Holland Brook, once the site of a small harbour called Holland Haven. Water levels have been raised so that wildfowl and waders are attracted both to over-winter and to breed.
It has a complex of dykes and a large brackish pond, all fringed by reeds and clubrush. All this makes for good aquatic insect life, including some rare beetles and damselflies, and the great green bush-cricket. The coastal grassland is cut for hay and the inland marshes are grazed by cattle and overlooked by a bird hide. Barn owls often hunt over the grassland at dusk.
Off the B1032 to Great Holland just north of Holland-on-Sea. SatNav: CO15 5TZ.
Bus services between Clacton and Walton run past the entrance.
Accessible at all times.
Winter for wildfowl and waders; summer for insects.