Jun 252014
 

I visited the new nature reserve at Mucking which is 5 mins drive from Stanford Le Hope and within walking distance of the station. David Attenborough opened the site last year and I must say it’s on par with Rainham Marshes for facilities maybe even a tad better. The tide was out and with the help of some friendly observers saw Avocet, Shelduck at least 40, Curlew, and an assortment of gulls. On the land which has a wonderful winding path through brambles low scrub and variety of wild flowers I saw song thrush, whitethroat, skylarks flying high then dropping they can be heard all around the nature reserve.
Have been told there are a least 4 cuckoos all nested and seen frequently. Amazing place there is a hide overlooking the river Thames which is situated right near the visitor centre so for people with walking difficulties would be ideal. They are planning to extend the reserve. A lovely afternoon out.
Sharon

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  1. Thanks Sharon for sharing this. The group will be visiting this reserve on Saturday 11 October – officially it’s called THURROCK THAMESIDE NATURE PARK, and is run by ESSEX WT.
    For those who wish to visit themselves the grid reference and post code are: TQ696806 / SS17 0RN .

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