Bow Creek Ecology Park
Grid ref: TQ 393 813 (click for o/s map)
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This little gem in the East End was originally an osier bed, then became an ironworks, and has now been transformed into an ecology park. As you enter, you have views over tidal mudflats fringing the river, where redshank often feed. Flocks of waders can also be seen commuting along the river as the tides change.
The path leads you past a stream and ponds fed from a borehole and small wildflower meadows, including a flood meadow kept wet via the stream. In summer you can expect to see butterflies, including small copper, orange-tip and green-veined white, and dragonflies such as the emperor.
Kestrels often hunt along the railway verges. Sand martin and kingfisher breeding banks have been created, so there is a chance of seeing them also. Reed buntings sometimes breed and in winter look out for grey wagtails
In Canning Town near where the River Lea enters the Thames, south of the East India Dock Road (A13) and just east of the Blackwall Tunnel.
Jubilee line tube or Docklands Light Railway to Canning Town station. Several bus services run to Canning Town also.
Accessible 9.15am to dusk.