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Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, Stanford-Le-Hope

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • Great place to watch the river and estuary wildlife, circumferential views many miles in all directions and the cafe is decent too. Cycled from Tilbury Ferry almost all off road. Recommended 
  • Great place to visit during the week, with great facilities and good views across the thames estuary, however stanford is being.plagued by scramble bikes this year on fields adjacent to the reserve th...  read more »
  • This is our local nature park. We love going over to the park. Either riding the bikes or walking the dog. It has a lovely cafe at the top with brilliant views of the river and new dock. There are ben...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Superb facilities and a beautiful view over the Thames.
  • Cool place to chill on a relaxed Sunday or something. Lots of eco stuff an links with the local school with their drawings and paintings etc.
  • Quiet nature reserve, ideal for a sunny afternoon walk overlooking the Thames estuary
  • great playground with zip line
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