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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.

Directions by car: Turn off 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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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.

Facilities: Shop selling toys and gifts, Starling's Tearooms selling drinks and hot food, Learning Zone, seating area, toilets, panoramic roof top viewing platform with free to view telescope.

Disabled access and facilities: Hearing loop, easy access path, full access to visitor centre including roof, disabled toilet and parking.

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 M25. From A13 follow signs to Walton Hall Farm Museum and take the next right into Mucking Wharf Road, continue along this road past the small car park and cottage on your right and proceed along the single lane track to the visitors centre and car park. 

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.

Essex Wildlife Trust is working to transform Mucking landfill site into a Living Landscape, this is the biggest project Essex Wildlife Trust has ever delivered. The site at present is 120 Acres extending to 845 acres once complete and will be turned into tremendous habitats for coastal and wetland wildlife, as well as very important grasslands, woodlands and hedgerows.

Mucking is positioned right on the working River Thames and the new visitor centrel affords fanstastic views over the mudflats and the Thames. The area is an avian hotspot and there are already internationally important numbers of Ringed Plover and Avocets and nationally important numbers of Grey Plover, Dunlin, Godwit and Redshank. The Nature Park is situated between East Tilbury and Stanford le Hope, just off A13.

The Nature Park is important for many species including Barn Owls, Water Voles (our fastest declinning species), Harvest Mouse, Skylark, butterflies and invertebrates. However, these will not be the only beneficiaries, Animal will graze the site possibly Exmoor Ponies and people will be able to enjoy over 12 miles of new footpaths, bridleways and cycle ways.

The new visitor centre has an observation room and allows views of the nature park from the roof, with a free to view telescope installed.

A Bird hide is already in place over looking the mudflats and more are planned for the future. A natural play area for children to enjoy will be installed shortly.

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

Location
Cory Environmental Trust Visitor Centre
Thameside Nature Park
Mucking Wharf Road
Mucking
Stanford-Le-Hope
SS17 0RN
Map reference
TQ696806
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
butterflies
getting away from it all
historical interest
overwintering birds
reptiles
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open Daily 9am - 5pm Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
Facilities
Cafe
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
Status
Ramsar
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)
Access
Yes

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.
Parking
On site.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Essex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01375 643342
ttnp@essexwt.org.uk