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Hamford Water National Nature Reserve

Walton on the Naze,

Hamford Water NNR is a coastal bay on the Essex coast with habitats that include mud flats, marsh and sands. It is best known for its large populations of over-wintering birds. In the winter, you can see large flocks of waders and waterfowl, including dark-bellied Brent geese, black tailed godwits, redshank, ringed and grey plover and shelduck. There are also a number of birds that breed on the site, including nationally important colonies of little tern and avocet. The coastal grasslands above the saltmarshes support one of Britain's rarest plants - sea hog's fennel. Hamford Water is one of only two sites in the country where this plant is found, the food plant for the caterpillars of the nationally rare Fisher's estuarine moth. The reserve is a good place to spot common and grey seals, which haul up on the sands in spring and summer.

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