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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Geology Site Account

West Thurrock Cemetery, , Thurrock District, TQ587779, General geological site

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The famous Ice Age brickearth at West Thurrock is part of the Mucking Formation, which is the downstream equivalent of the Taplow Terrace of the Thames and probably about 200,000 years old. These sandy and silty clays contain large fossil mammals which were collected in abundance during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries when the pits were worked by hand. They are also known to contain fossil molluscs and small vertebrates which are unfortunately not represented in these collections but can shed light on a poorly understood period of the Ice Age.

The brickearth occurs at several locations from Little Thurrock to West Thurrock (see entry for Lion Pit Tramway Cutting). It was also revealed in a nearby cutting for the A126 West Thurrock Way in 1983-84 (TQ 590 780) and it is known to continue west beneath the cemetery and playing fields.

The land at West Thurrock Cemetery in Sandy Lane, and the adjacent playing fields, therefore contain a buried resource for future study.


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Reference: Schreve et al. 2006 (p. 23), Bridgland 1994 (p. 239).

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