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Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

Stanford le Hope, United Kingdom

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Description 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 and Marshes - coastal marshes and saltmarsh designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Protection Area (SPA). These mudflats form the largest intertidal feeding area for wintering wildfowl and waders west of Canvey Island on the north bank of the Thames.At the east end of the nature park, the sea wall has been breached to provide tidal mud flats. The site 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 here...is a monument to what can be done to restore nature".

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