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Saxonia Charters 01206  823373  info@SaxoniaCharters.co.uk

 

© 2003 - 2013     Saxonia Charters

Saxonia Charters, Wivenhoe, Essex. Tel: 01206 823373

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Bird watching - wildlife of the marshes.

Get a unique close-up view of the thousands of birds and other wildlife that live on the remote Essex marshes as the Saxonia glides silently up the Colne past the Fingeringhoe Nature Reserve.

 

Thousands of native and migrating birds feed and nest along the protected mud-flats and  nature reserves of the Blackwater and  Colne.

Marsh-harriers, tern, oyster-catchers, egret, heron, curlew, avocet, dunlin, shell-duck and   geese can all be seen here. Bring your camera, long-lenses, and  binoculars.

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Avocet chick

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”A loaf of bread,” the Walrus said,

“Is what we chiefly need:

Pepper and vinegar besides

Are very good indeed -

Now if you’re ready, oysters dear,

We can begin to feed.”

 

The Walrus and the Carpenter - Lewis Carrol

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Opening oysters on Saxonia’s foredeck.

All our oysters are locally farmed in Mersea and come with certificates of Origin.  They are alive and opened on board - opening them is half the fun.

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Oyster tasting.

 

Colchester 'native' oysters were known to the Romans two thousand years ago and the Romans were the first to cultivate oysters commercially in the Colne and Blackwater estuary.

 

Local ‘Native’ oysters still fetch premium prices for the delicacy of their flavour and are shipped to restaurants throughout Europe.

Sail on Saxonia and delight your taste-buds at the same time - sampling locally produced ‘Native’ and ‘rock’ (gigas) oysters while at anchor in a secluded creek.

This is a truely unique experience - a day sail on an 80-year old fishing smack with a selection of fine local oysters.

You bring a bottle of wine, we'll provide the oysters - half-a-dozen per person  -  a selection of ‘Natives’ and Gigas.

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Oysters and Birdwatching