Thorndon Park

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Thorndon Park
Site of Special Scientific Interest
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Area of Search Essex
Grid reference TQ 604917
TQ 614911
TQ 625903
Interest Biological
Area 141.4 hectares
Notification 1986
Location map Magic Map

Thorndon Park is a 141.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Brentwood in Essex. Part of it is run by Essex County Council as Thorndon Country Park, and the Essex Wildlife Trust manages its visitor centre. [1] [2] [3]

Site of Special Scientific Interest conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in Great Britain or an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) in the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland is a conservation designation denoting a protected area in the United Kingdom and Isle of Man. SSSI/ASSIs are the basic building block of site-based nature conservation legislation and most other legal nature/geological conservation designations in the United Kingdom are based upon them, including national nature reserves, Ramsar sites, Special Protection Areas, and Special Areas of Conservation. The acronym "SSSI" is often pronounced "triple-S I".

Brentwood, Essex town and the principal settlement of the Borough of Brentwood in England

Brentwood is a town in the Borough of Brentwood, in the county of Essex in the East of England. It is located in the London commuter belt, 20 miles (30 km) east-north-east of Charing Cross, and near the M25 motorway. Latest figures suggest the town has a population of 79,000.

Essex County of England

Essex is a county in the south-east of England, north-east of London. One of the home counties, it borders Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to the north, Hertfordshire to the west, Kent across the estuary of the River Thames to the south, and London to the south-west. The county town is Chelmsford, the only city in the county. For government statistical purposes Essex is placed in the East of England region.

The site is semi-natural woodland and ancient parkland. It has a diverse population of beetles, including one which is rare and threatened in Britain. The most common trees are sessile and pedunculate oak, silver birch and hornbeam. The parkland has old oak pollards on acid or neutral grassland. [1]

Hornbeam genus of plants

Hornbeams are hardwood trees in the flowering plant genus Carpinus in the birch family Betulaceae. The 30–40 species occur across much of the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.

The country park is divided into Thorndon Park North, with access from The Avenue, and Thorndon Park South, with access from the A128 road. [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Thorndon Park citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  2. "Map of Thorndon Park". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  3. "Thorndon Countryside Centre". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  4. "Thorndon Country Park". Essex County Council. Retrieved 7 August 2016.

Coordinates: 51°36′18″N0°18′54″E / 51.605°N 0.315°E / 51.605; 0.315

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