locate Bradwell-on-Sea Cockle Spit Reserve
An important area of shell shingle spits with an important invertebrate fauna.
locate Hunts Hill, Belhus Woods Country Park
Old sand workings with sand exposures, flower rich areas, a small area of lichen heath, sparsely vegetated ground and lakes. Drought stressed oaks occur at several locations at the site. Access by car is via BWCP car park (which see), but footpaths are also close by.
locate Steeple Creek (shingle)
Shingle foreshore on side of inlet in Blackwater estuary.
locate Howlands Marsh
Grazing marsh with ditches, saltmarsh, seasonally wet saline areas and a saline lagoon.
locate Newt pond lost in coastal realignment
Failed mitigation led to the flooding of a great crested newt breeding pond - located on map - in 2004 the newts had still not recolonised the pond due to high salinity - breeding ponds were reduced from 2 out of 5 to 1 out of 6 ponds. A detailed survey was not carried out prior to the coastal realignment but a detailed survey was carried out after the 'development' in 2004.
locate Flitch Way
A disused railway line with a variety of interesting wildlife habitats along its length forming a linear nature reserve. See also The Friends of Flitch Way website.
locate Belhus Woods Country Park
Brown field areas following gravel extraction, some landfilled and some lakes, but also ancient semi-natural woodlands and some ex arable land. From Romford Road there is a car park and visitor centre. Local paths provide other entrances.
locate West Thurrock, St. Clements Church tract
Old brownfield site now largely lost to development as Procter & Gamble car park and canteen