Standing at the top of the visitor center at Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, you may be disappointed with the view: a large field of bushes. Few know, however, that 10 years earlier, the landscape was even more disappointing: the garbage mountains piled up on one of Europe’s largest landfills.
For 50 years, Thurrock Thameside was a dump for London residents. But now only the discarded metal is the only thing reminiscent of that past.
The park may not look very attractive at first glance, but the Reserve is cared for by the Essex Wildlife Trust (EWT) and is a valuable refuge for some of the most rare species in the UK, such as cuckoo and striped snake , water rats and bees are extremely rare.
“This is the most beautiful scene in Essex,” EWT communications manager Emily McParland affirmed and urged visitors to come to the land at the mouth of the Thames to “honor the unspoiled landscape”.
“Many people do not know how shrubs are a valuable habitat. Shrubs are one of the most underrated habitats but some of Britain’s most iconic species need bushes to thrive, so that’s what we try to convey to travelers. ”
When opening the Thurrock Thameside Nature Reserve in 2013, Sir David Attenborough said the conversion marks a “new chapter” at the mouth of the Thames. In the following years, EWT said the number of plant species in the reserve increased from 48 to 91, including bee orchids, yellow rattle flowers and bird’s feet clover.
The sylvia communis, black-headed starches, thrushes and barren all use shrubs of thorns to build nests and make food. In the coming years, EWT plans to intercrop cereals and millet to attract many species of field birds that have been significantly reduced, including the Europeans, cranes and crows. Brother.
Reptiles such as the snake also proliferate, hibernate in peaceful bushes and wake up in the spring to warm up on the grass.
Thurrock Thameside is far from a well-cared but natural environment for this type of soil, says Professor Karl Williams, Director of the Center for Waste Management at Central Lancashire University.