Thameside Nature Discovery Park

Thameside Nature Discovery 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 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 and in the River Thames. There are internationally important numbers of ringed plover and avocets and nationally important numbers of grey plover, dunlin, black-tailed godwit, redshank on the adjacent mudflats as well as a treasure trove of butterflies, moths and bees on the Nature Park grasslands.

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.

Click here to make a donation to Thameside Nature Discovery Park, run by Essex Wildlife Trust.

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