Canvey Wick

Young People's Work Party at Canvey Wick © RSPB

Canvey Wick is a 93 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest on Canvey Island in Essex. Rich in plants, insects and animals, there are more species per square metre here than any other site in the UK. It has even been referred to as ‘England’s Rainforest’.

As such, it’s one of the most important British sites for endangered invertebrates. The RSPB manage just under 19ha of the SSSI as a nature reserve in partnership with Buglife, on behalf of the Land Trust, with work underway to bring more of the site under management with public access.

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The site is home to over 1,500 species of invertebrate including at least 30  on the UK ‘red list’ of endangered species including:


Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Lestes dryas) © Dan Mullen Scarce Emerald Damselfly (Lestes dryas) © Dan Mullen

How can you get involved?

You can get involved through a series of opportunities including volunteering, taking part in events and activities, workshops, training and more!

Why not join our Canvey Wick Community Facebook Group to keep up-to-date!

Information, advice and support is also available to those who would like to know more about Canvey Wick, how to get involved and how to improve your own wild spaces (no matter how big or small) for pollinators and other invertebrate species.

For more information on how to get involved in our work at Canvey Wick please get in touch with Community Warden Jo Loman via email [email protected]

To visit Canvey Wick please see the RSPB website’s ‘Plan Your Visit


Young People's Work Party at Canvey Wick © RSPB Young People's Work Party at Canvey Wick © RSPB

A brief history of Canvey Wick, its inhabitants and the Launch 

Buglife’s work at Canvey Wick is funded by the Ida Davis Foundation and Milkywire

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