I’m very lucky to live in such a beautiful area, and so close to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve. Colchester gets a tough rap in the press at times, but step outside of the town and you’ll quickly be immersed into some of the most beautiful marshland the UK has to offer.
It had been a year or so since we’d last visited, and decided it was time we got out of the house a bit more. So, we signed up for a family membership with Essex Wildlife Trust and made out way down to Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve.
A lot has changed since we last visited. First of all, the main building now has a lovely cafe area where fresh coffee and cakes can be purchased. There was a warm log burner heating the room and plenty of tables and chairs.
Going outdoors, we noticed some new areas to visit, in particular the beautiful Margaret Hide on a new area of the Wick.
It seems that a lot has been done to improve the facilities at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve and I’m glad to see it. There are some beautiful parts of it and the kids love exploring around the Wick.
My daughter and I were out for a wintry walk this weekend, and decided to follow the path to the intertidal area of Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve. We would eventually discover the Margaret Hide
This was an area that we hadn’t previously realised existed and we were pleasantly surprised when we discovered the new Margaret Hide, which I can only assume was funded by the late Margaret Ross, for which a chair dedicates her as being the 3rd generation of a family which has farmed in the surrounding area. A fitting tribute for someone who has worked the land for so long.
The Margaret hide is beautifully placed in a tidal area of the reserve, at the end of a small pier. It provides almost 360 degree views of the area, in a place we had never previously been able to access. I would happily move in and live there (it would need a log burner though as it was pretty cold).
We were told by some locals that the best time to visit is low tide, where there will be more birds feeding. This is particularly useful for seeing avocets.
Here are some photos: