The Ingrebourne Valley consists of two areas, Hornchurch Country Park and Berwick Ponds, with the River Ingrebourne running down the middle. It starts at the Optimist Pub (Hornchurch) and finishes at the Albion Pub (Rainham), a distance of approximately 2-3 miles. It is an incredibly mixed habitat with varied Woodland, Marsh dominating, Farmland, large areas of Scrub, lakes and a Working Tip thrown in as well. To cover the whole site will take you about 4-5 hours.
Public Transport Access: There are 2 ways to approach. Firstly, from Rainham, if you are arriving from Rainham Station (C2C) walk round to the Clock Tower and board a bus, I believe there are 2 on this route and ask to go to Abbey Wood Lane, this is Berwick Ponds a distance of about 1-2 miles from the Clock Tower. When you arrive, Berwick Ponds will be straight in front of you through the woods to the wooden bridge and that is where you begin. Secondly: Board a District Line Tube and head for Hornchurch. On leaving the tube turn immediately right (Suttons Lane) and begin walking, you are heading for St.Georges Hospital about half a mile away. As soon as you have cleared the Hospital you will see Hornchurch Country Park on your left, there are a number of entrances to the Park.
Species List 2008: Greenfinch, Redwing, Carrion Crow, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, House Sparrow, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Cormorant, Teal, Mallard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Bullfinch, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Cetti's Warbler, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Jay, Fieldfare, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Feral Pigeon, Starling, Rook, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Golden Plover, Stock Dove, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Song Thrush, Ring-necked Parakeet, Skylark, Kestrel, Canada Goose, Lapwing, Jackdaw, Kingfisher, Greylag Goose, Brambling, Water Rail, Goldfinch, Gadwall, Yellow-legged Gull, Shoveler, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Lesser Redpoll, Little Grebe, Stonechat, Goldcrest, Siskin, Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper, Pochard, Common Gull, Mistle Thrush, Barn Owl, Linnet, Shelduck, Common Snipe, Sand Martin, Northern Wheatear, Blackcap, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Swallow, Little Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Harrier, House Martin, Red-legged Partridge, Garganey, Common Whitethroat, Redshank, Yellow Wagtail, Ringed Plover, Cuckoo, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Nightingale, Garden Warbler, Swift, Common Tern, Coal Tit, Tree Sparrow, Peregrine Falcon, Woodcock, Bittern, Wigeon
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