Bradwell Shell Bank

From Wikishire
Jump to: navigation, search
Bradwell Shell Bank

Bradwell Shell Bank is a shell beach on the coast of the Dengie Peninsula near Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex.

The bank is a nature reserve managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust,[1] and part of the Dengie Site of Special Scientific Interest,[2] a 'Special Protection Area' and the Essex Estuaries Special Area of Conservation.[3] The bank is also part of the Blackwater Flats and Marshes, a Grade I site in the Nature Conservation Review.[2][4]

The site is a large area of saltmarsh together with some 30 acres of shell bank. Birds which breed on the shell bank include little terns and ringed plovers, and there many species on the saltmarsh. There are flora such as yellow-horned poppies, grass-leaved oraches and rock samphires.[1]

Part of the reserve is accessible at low tide by a footpath from the Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Bradwell Shell Bank". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 SSSI listing and designation for Dengie
  3. "Essex Estuaries". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  4. Ratcliffe, Derek (1977). A Nature Conservation Review. 2. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 7–8. ISBN 0521 21403 3.