Marsh Farm Country Park

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Marsh Farm Country Park
  • Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5WP
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Marsh Farm Country Park is a great place for solitude and contemplation. There are approximately 10 miles of public rights of way and permissive footpaths throughout the country park for you to enjoy.

The paths are mostly made up of grass or bare earth, but there are some surfaced footpaths, including 1 km of recently surfaced public right of way heading East from the riverside car park allowing easy access to the benches located along that section of sea wall.

From these sea wall vantage points, sailing boats make for a peaceful backdrop as they pass along the River Crouch. The Community Orchard is another great place to enjoy some quiet time, with beautiful blossom displays in spring.

Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a RAMSAR site and a Special Protection Area (SPA), Marsh Farm Country Park is the ideal place for birdwatching all year round. Here you can see overwintering wetland birds, including brent geese, oyster catcher, redshank, pintail, avocet, golden plover and dunlin, to name but a few. The breeding season sees migrating birds coming in, such as reed and sedge warblers, and cuckoos, and skylarks breed in abundance on the grazing marsh.

Wildlife includes adders, grass snakes, damselflies and water voles.

The grassland is managed to help create unique habitat for rare and important coastal plants, such as sea barley, sea clover, sea lavender and grass vetchling.

For the best chance of spotting birds and wildlife, follow the paths marked on the Marsh Farm Country Park map.

You can cycle at Marsh Farm Country Park. (Please note that pedestrians have right of way over cyclists).

You can fish in the River Crouch, Fen Creek and Clements Green Creek from the sea wall. Please ensure that you comply with the regulations for recreational bass fishing. Fishing is not allowed in the ditches that run alongside the sea wall (borrow dykes).
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