Sea Life Centre Southend is famous for ‘wild’ stuff kids love. Sharks, penguins, seahorses. Children can even go hand feed rays. But step outside the town’s famous aquarium, in Eastern Esplanade, and you’ll find something even wilder. Walk east a few yards along the seawall for unkept beaches awash with not litter…. but insects and flowers.
Southend Council has allowed these sands to return to nature. The last time I saw a beach this rustic and colourful was in Suffolk.
So next time you bundle the kids over to Sea Life Centre Southend, take a moment afterwards go see even more wild, sea life… on the shore.
April to August is best time for beach flowers. If you want to combine beach combing with a visit to the sea life centre Southend, opening times are :–
• 10am to between 5pm-8pm
• Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm / Saturday and Sunday 10am – 5pm
Southend’s beaches are open 24/7.
One last thing. I’m rubbish at identifying flowers. Even from guidebooks. If you know the names of any of these flowers, please email me the name. In return, I’ll send you a free Wild Essex fact sheet or a thank you or both.
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