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Due to a successful reintroduction of the Marsh Harrier in the middle of the 20th century, they have been spreading out from their stronghold in Norfolk and Suffolk and you should be able to spot one on the reserve.

The parish church of Tollesbury, dedicated to Saint Mary the Virgin, stands at the highest point in the village. It is generally assumed that the church was built just after the Norman Conquest, around 1090, rather than in Saxon times. It is possible that the materials used in the present building are taken from an earlier Saxon church.

Because of it's geographical situation Tollesbury has for centuries, relied on the harvests from both the land and the sea and the village has become known as 'The Village of the Plough and Sail'.

You can see from the map on the left that the village sits on a small peninsula, to the north is Tollesbury Fleet and Old Hall marshes, to the south the River Blackwater.  Its location makes the village popular with bird spotters, walkers and of course sailors.

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At Woodrolfe Creek the Woodup Pool is a public salt water lido, it opened in 1907.

Dry grassland on the slopes of the seawalls support a wide variety of insects including butterflies, Bush Crickets and grasshoppers. In spring, Spiny Rest-harrow, Grass Vetchling, Slender Hare's Ear and many other wild flowers can be found in ungrazed areas. Golden plover, Lapwing, Brent Geese and Wigeon feed or roost on the winter wet grassland.

On the 'Plough' side of the carved village sign, situated on West Street, the ploughman and his team of horses are depicted working the land, agriculture goes on down to the waters edge. Pictured on the right of the sign are fishing smacks on the River Blackwater. The village church can be seen on the top left side of the sign. A mallard and a hare are pictured on the supports.

Directions - Follow the B1023 to Tollesbury via Tiptree, leaving the A12 at Kelvedon then follow Woodrolfe Road towards the marina and car park at Woodrolfe Green.

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Widlife is abundant in rough pasture, borrowdykes, seawalls, wet flushes, pools and saltmarsh. Large areas of rough pasture suit small mammals such as Field Voles and Pygmy Shrew. In addition, they in turn attract hunting Hen Harriers and Short-eared Owls.

Public Transport - Bus services run to Tollesbury from Maldon, Colchester and Witham.

Tucked away in the south east corner of the Square, by the church wall, stands the village Lock-up or Cage. This wooden building would have been where drunks were held until they sobered up. With the village having six public houses at one stage, the Lock-up probably saw quite a bit of business itself.

The village of Tollesbury is situated on the Essex coast at the mouth of the River Blackwater, 9 miles east of the historic port of Maldon and 12 miles south of Colchester, Britain's oldest recorded town.

For centuries Tollesbury, the village of the plough and sail, relied on the harvests of the land and the sea. The main trade and export of Tollesbury, which still thrives to this day, has long been oysters.

A public footpath follows the sea wall from Tollesbury Marina round the sea wall and back through the village. On this 5.5 mile walk, you can appreciate the Essex coast, the history which formed it and the wildlife it supports. The route is exposed to the elements so be prepared. If you have a dog, it must be kept under strict control because of the risk to grazing livestock.

At one time Tollesbury was served by six public houses, but the village has only one open at present: The Kings Head.[3] Other social establishments include: The Royal British Legion, The Tollesbury Cruising club and The Tollesbury Sailing club.

Tollesbury Wick Marshes is a nature reserve just east of Tolleshunt run by the Essex Wildlife Trust. The reserve occupies 240 hectares (590 acres) of grazing marsh, reed beds, saltmarsh and mudflats, and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[7][8] The marshes were once part of a thriving salt-production industry during the Iron Age and Roman periods, and Red hills created by this process are found across the area.[9][10]

Dogs restricted to certain areas or to certain specified times.

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Cottages line either side of the Square, some of which have been built using bricks which were manufactured locally.

Marsh Harriers can be seen most times of the year which is pretty remarkable as they became extinct as a breeding bird in the UK by the end of the 19th century.

Access is via the public footpath off the sea wall by the Marina. Once on the reserve the path to the bird hide is permissive and access is to the hide only. Sorry no dogs are allowed on the reserve because of disturbance to wildlife and livestock.

In 2006, the Granary building by Woodrolfe Creek was a regional runner-up in the BBC Restoration Village competition. It has been on Essex County Council's Buildings at Risk Register since 1992.[6]

The 'Sail' side of the sign shows the weather boarded sail lofts. The centre of the sign shows the yacht 'Endeavour II' which was the 1937 British challenger for the America's Cup while on the left is depicted the fishing smack 'Sallie'. Oysters and fish, harvests from the Blackwater, are shown on the supports.

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The lowest stage of the tower dates from the 11th century and consists of rubble, flint and conglomerate walling with freestone quoins. The doorway is typical of the Tudor period. Above this stage are two more windows with 15th-century brickwork. The largest window in the tower is in the perpendicular style and the highest windows of brick were shaped in Tudor times. The tower is capped by parapet walls and pinnacles dating from the 17th century. Buttresses are made from flint and brick.[5]

Tollesbury is a village in England, located on the Essex coast at the mouth of the River Blackwater. It is situated nine miles east of the historic port of Maldon and twelve miles south of Colchester.

An electoral ward in the same name exists. the population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 1,977.[2]