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Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

A stunning and innovative visitor centre built on a former landfill site, with superb views over Mucking Flats SSSI and the Thames Estuary (SPA). Footpaths and cycle ways in 120 acres of nature park, which will expand to 845 acres. Great birdwatching - and ship watching.

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park is situated on the Thames Estuary and is fantastic for family days out, bird and ship watching, historical interest and getting away from the hustle and bustle.

The views across the Thames Estuary are stunning, especially from our fully accessible rooftop viewing deck which offers 360 degree views of the nature park and Thames.

The visitor centre has a café with full length windows for viewing the estuary, gift shop, toilets with baby changing and a bird hide with wheelchair access which overlook the SSSI mudflats a short walk away.

We have a wonderful natural play and picnic area for families to enjoy. Dogs are welcome on leads and events are held throughout the year with free parking.

The site which was once landfill and has been given back to nature is 120 acres at present and will eventually be 845 acres, it is a tremendous habitat for coastal and wetland wildlife, as well as very important grassland flora and fauna species.

The Nature Park is important for many species including Barn Owls, Short Eared Owls, Water Voles, Harvest Mouse, Skylark, Cuckoo and Shrill Carder Bee. However, these are not the only beneficiaries, local Cattle also graze the grassland during the year.

The area is an avian hotspot and throughout the year there are overwintering and migrant bird species residing at the park. There are internationally important numbers of Ringed Plover and Avocets and nationally important numbers of Grey Plover, Dunlin, Godwit and Redshank as well as a treasure trove of butterflies, moths and bees.

Footpaths, bridleways and cycle ways access the Nature Park and we are on the Thames Estuary Path route which extends to 27 miles from Tilbury town through to Leigh on Sea.

Directions by public transport: Nearest train station is Stanford-le-Hope. Direct trains from London Fenchurch Street take 50 minutes; direct trains from Southend Central take 25 minutes. Stanford-le-Hope is served by buses from both Southend and Grays, please be prepared for approx 3 mile walk to the Nature Park.

How to find us: Thurrock Thameside Nature Park is in south Essex, on the Thames Estuary, in the village of Mucking about five miles east of the M25From the A13 take  the A1013 from the west or A1014 from the east, towards the village of Stanford Le Hope. Follow the signs to the Walton Hall Farm Museum, via Buckingham Hill Road, then left into Waltons Hall Road continue past the museum on your left and take the next right into Mucking Wharf Road. Carry on past the cottages and barns onto the single-track road up to the Visitors Centre where there is a large car park.

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Nearby nature reserves

Stanford Warren Nature Reserve
1 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Horndon Meadow Nature Reserve
3 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust
Fobbing Marsh Nature Reserve
4 miles - Essex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Cory Environmental Trust Visitor Centre
Thameside Nature Park
Mucking Wharf Road
SS17 0RN
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Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
historical interest
overwintering birds
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open Daily 9am - 5pm (November, December & January 9am - 4pm)

Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)

Disabled access and facilities: Hearing loop, easy access path, full access to visitor centre including roof, disabled toilet and parking.
Walking information
Dogs: Welcome on a lead in the park with the exception of the visitor centre and roof top viewing platform. Dogs must be kept on leads from 1st April until 31st August to protect our ground nesting birds.
On site.
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01375 643342