Beam Valley Country Park

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River Beam in Beam Valley Country Park

Beam Valley Country Park is a 74 hectare park in Dagenham in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.[1] Most of it is designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) called Beam Valley,[2][3] but a narrow strip next to the River Beam south from Western Avenue is a separate LNR called Beam Valley (Environment Agency).[4][5] The park is also designated as two Sites of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade 1, one north and the other south of South Dagenham Road.[6][7][8]

The park was formerly derelict land. It has woodland and grassland, former gravel pits and the River Beam and Wantz Stream.[2] Birds found on the site include kingfishers, reed warblers, reed buntings and skylarks.[9] there is archaeological evidence that the site has been used since the Stone Age, and it also has a Roman pottery kiln.[1]

Coordinates: 51°32′38″N 0°10′44″E / 51.544°N 0.179°E / 51.544; 0.179

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Beam Valley Country Park". London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Beam Valley". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Map of Beam Valley". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Beam Valley (Environment Agency)". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Map of Beam Valley (Environment Agency)". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "iGiGL data portal (map)". Greenspace Information for Greater London. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  7. ^ The Mid Beam Valley in Barking and Dagenham and Dagenham East Lake Greenspace Information for Greater London. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  8. ^ Beam Valley South in Dagenham and the Wantz Stream Greenspace Information for Greater London. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Beam Valley Country Park". Wild Essex. Retrieved 2 November 2013.