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Greenwich Ecology Park London

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22 December 2017
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The park sits on what used to be Greenwich Marsh, the land was brought by English Partnerships in 1997 and a massive regeneration project took place including restoration of parts of the banks on the river Thames and the creation of the Ecology Park as a freshwater habitat.The site is managed by the Trust for Urban Ecology (TRUE).The park is situated along the Thames path, 1000m east of the 'Dome' next to the Greenwich Yacht Club. The Park it self is made up of a inner and outer lakes, reedbeds, willow scrub, Alder Carr with a maze of small streams running through them, shingle beach and a small wildflower meadow.Tern rafts, nest boxes, a bat tower and a kingfisher tunnel have all been put in place as have other features to encourage wildlife.To the south of the park are several open fields which are earmaked for housing developments and to the north the river Thames runs east to west. The lakes and streams provide habitats for Frogs, Toads and Newts, many Dragonflies and Damselflies can be seen in the summer.As for birds at least 2 pairs of Skylarks have been in residents for the last 2 years in the fields to the south of the park, up to 50 Meadow Pipits winter in the area as did a Water Rail and 3 Chiffchaffs. This spring have seen the first Common Terns, Reed Warblers and Whitethroats breeding in the park.Some rarer birds seen lately have been Red Kite and Osprey flying over. The Thames is always capable of producing somthing rarer.

Address

Greenwich Ecology Park
The Ecology Park Gatehouse Thames Path, John Harrison Way Greenwich Peninsula London SE10 0BQ Senior Warden - Joanne Smith

Contact Details

Telephone: 020 8293 1904

Email: TRUE@btcv.org.uk

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Directions

By car - The park is at the end of Peartree Way SE10, which is off the A2052 Bugsby way opposite the Sainsburys super store.Follow the Thames path west for 50m and the park is infront of you. By tube - Jubilee line to North Greenwich station walk north east and follow signs to Thames Path and walk east along Thames Path. It is around a 10-15 minute walk. Buses - Bus routes 486 and 472 run along Bugsby way and stop at the end of Peartree Way. Walk north up Peartree Way right to the end turn left (west) along Thames Path for 50m and the park is infront of you

Access

The park can be viewed from the path that runs around the park, access to the park is through the Gatehouse in the north of the park. It is free to enter the park and no membership is required. No dogs except for guide dogs allowed

Parking

Park in Peartree Way in parking bays. There are parking restrictions in place (2 hour max stay)please check signs when parking.Peartree Way is a deadend road do not park infront of the gates to Greenwich Yacht Club

Opening Times

Wednesday to Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm Closed Monday and Tuesday

Facilities

There is a visitor centre in the north of the park with a notice board and wilflife diary, feel free to add your sightings and a board displaying information about the wildlife in the park. There are toilets but no refreshments available. Access to the park is through the visitor centre where board walks will take to you to 2 hides with views of the inner lake.

Key Areas / Routes

Assuming you have parked in Peartree way walk to the end of the road, Greenwich Yacht Club should be infront of you and tern left (west),check the fields on the left hand side for Skylarks and Wheatears during migration. Walk for about 50m and the Park is infront of you. You can look over the fence and scan the water and shingle bank.Follow the path north so you are facing the Thames, check for Waders on the foreshore and Gulls and Terns on the water. Follow the Thames Path west for 50m and the visitor centre is on the right hand side, enter the centre and follow the path around the reserve. On leaving the park take the boardwalk which runs south, between the park and the building site, follow this path throgh the Alder Carr and views of the outer lake. At the end of the boardwalk there is crossroads of paths, take the path which is ahead of you and walk around the large open grass area which is surrounded by some small clumps of trees, follow the circular path around the grassy area checking the fields on the other side of the road at the furthest point south.After walking around the circular path around the open grassy area you will be back at the south end of the park, walk east towards Greenwich Yacht Club and back on to Peartree Way. You can also follow the Thames Path towards the Dome which can produce some good birds as well

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