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Foulness Island is a small Parish in the east of the area covered by Rochford District Council
Foulness Island is predominantly farmland and is protected from the sea by a sea wall. The island's unusual name is derived from the Old English for wild birds and promontory, and it is an internationally important site for migrating and breeding birds, including avocets. During the North Sea flood of 1953, almost the entire island was flooded, and two people died.
Foulness Island is part of the MOD Shoeburyness weapons test and evaluation Range and is operated by QinetiQ. Due to the hazardous nature of work conducted on the Range, public access is limited and visitors must have a legitimate reason to enter. Residents of Foulness can sponsor visitors and unsponsored recreational visitors can access the Public Right of Way Network when the Range is not active. For further information about gaining access to Foulness Island, visit the QinetiQ MOD Shoeburyness website.
The Heritage Centre on the Island is open on the first Sunday of the month between April and October. Visitors do not need to book or get permission to visit the Centre. The link to the Heritage Centre is https://shoeburyness.qinetiq.com/conservation/foulness-heritage-centre.aspx