Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Stanford-Le-Hope

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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 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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  • August 14, 2017
    Park has a decent information centre with very helpful staff and volunteers. Road into park could do with some TLC as it is very bumpy. Main Path is from one direction to the opposite direction, and n...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I live locally to this and visit on a regular basis. Some great walks along rugged coast. Great views of the new DP World port facility. A well placed hide gives access to bird watching great flocks o...  more »
  • July 16, 2017
    This is a lovely location With great views of the Thames. The two children under five can race around the fields, climb in the adventure playground and then there is a play area for smaller children. ...  more »
  • Great walks. Bird watching barns Great view of the Thames Tea and cakes at the tower where you can purchases such as wild life toys and books plus binoculars and many other items. You can also go on wild life walks and photo sessions
  • A great place to stretch the legs and grab a coffee. There is a large number of birds and other animals to observe as you walk around.
  • Great free attraction. Good playground facilities and assault course for kids. Nice shop and cafe and good views.
  • A bit out of the way but it's a definite must see for all lovers of nature and amazing views of the Thames
  • Can't recommend this place enough, fantastic for kids

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