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Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Stanford-Le-Hope

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Wildlife Area
Thurrock Thameside Nature Park is an Essex Wildlife Trust nature reserve located on top of the former Mucking Marshes Landfill in Thurrock, England which will eventually cover. It is next to the River Thames and provides good bird and ship watching. The Cory Environmental Trust Visitor Centre is located at the preserve and provides a roof top viewing platform.The Nature ParkThe Thurrock Thameside Nature Park currently covers, but will grow to. It is by the side of Mucking Creek, overlooking the Thames and directly overlooks Mucking flats - coastal marshes and saltmarsh designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA). At the east end of the site, the sea wall has been breached to provide tidal mud flats.The nature park has been landscaped to include grasslands, woodland, ponds and reedbeds. It is already home to mice, voles, shrews and hares as well as the rare shrill carder-bee.The opening ceremony on 11 May 2013 was performed by David Attenborough. In his opening speech, he said, "What you have done here...is a monument to what can be done to restore nature".The visitors centre is built on hydraulic jacks to cope with settlement of the underlying rubbish. There is a network of footpaths, bridleways and cycle routes across the site. The park won the conservation category in the Observer Ethical Awards 2011.
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TripAdvisor
  • Zip wire, large play area, small play area and picnic area. You can walk onto the rooftop viewing area and look over the landscape. Free parking, nice cafe, walks by the river. Lovely afternoon out.  more »
  • We go here at least twice a week to walk our dogs and have a coffee, the one down side there's no dog poo bins so you have to take it home, not very good for a nature reserve.  more »
  • Beautiful nature park visited here over the Easter holidays, only small criticism is poor signage about the doggie rules, I was happily walking my dog off lead with her walking to heel to be berated o...  more »
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  • Great place to explore Essex grassland. Amazing what Essex wildlife trust have done with an old landfill site. Playground for the kids and a fantastic centre with cafe and things to buy and do. It only ever gets bigger too
  • My 4 year old and 6 year old enjoyed this place. I enjoyed the drive to this place. Ideal place for children to enjoy the beauty of the mother nature.. a place where you get to see the land water and sky .. Lots of birds to watch.. The cafe serves fresh handmade sandwiches and afternoon teas.
  • The visitor centre is nice enough, but every time I've walked through the reserve it's felt like a barren wasteland, devoid of anything interesting to see.
  • This area must be visited by all family ages. There is so much to really appreciate about our area here.
  • Very nice place for walking and playing for children.