201911 - Ingrebourne Valley

Thursday 14 November 2019 - Ingrebourne Valley, Essex Wildlife Trust

Ingrebourne Valley, also known as Hornchurch Country Park, comprises forest, lakes and wetlands manged by the Essex Wildlife Trust. It is situated close to Hornchurch and Upminster and is the site of the former RAF Hornchurch airfield.

The airfield was used in both World War I and World War II and included two Spitfire Squadrons. Whilst there is little evidence of the airfield now, there are occasional pill box and Tett Turrets dotted amongst the now wild landscape. The airfield closed in 1962 and since 1980 has been managed as a country park.

We saw many species of wildlife including Long Tailed, Blue and Great Tits, Kestrel, Teal, Heron, Canada Geese, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Gadwall, Squirrels, Robin, Blackbird – and two Parakeets!

Some of our members grew up, got married and lived close to the airfield and recognised some of the aspects of the site including memories of when the RAF personnel were living there.

It’s an easy walk around the park and we would recommend a visit to other U3A members. Its about a 30-35 minute ride to get there from Benfleet.


Thanks to Lyn and Alan Aldridge for the photos.

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