215ac/87ha SSSI (part)
Grid ref: TQ 435 912 (click for o/s map)
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Claybury Park occupies the south-facing slopes of a ridge east of Woodford Bridge. It consists of parkland associated with Claybury Hall, ancient woodland formerly in the grounds of Claybury Hospital, plus other land owned by the London Borough of Redbridge that has secondary woodland, an old orchard once part of Hospital Farm, patches of scrub, a few ponds and open rides.
With such a variety of habitats, many long-established, it is rich in wildlife including some unusual species.
From high up on the slope there are spectacular views over East London, Docklands and the Kent hills – even better, no doubt, from the buildings such as Claybury Hall that dominate the northern skyline.
Claybury Park's soils are varied and this makes for variety in its grassland plants also. These support a variety of the commoner grassland butterflies, including small heath. Birds using the grassland, scrub and young woodland include kestrel, skylark, whitethroat, meadow pipit, reed bunting and goldfinch
Just east of Woodford Bridge. Take Fulwell Avenue west from the Fulwell Cross roundabout (A123), or leave the M11/North Circular Road (A406) at their junction and follow Southend Road (A1400) east, turning left into Roding Lane North. On-street parking.
Fairlop tube station (Central line) is on Forest Road about 100m east of Fulwell Cross. Turn right outside the station. Or train to Ilford then bus 169.
Daylight hours only.
Something of interest at all times of the year, but especially May for songbirds and July/August for grassland butterflies and other insects.
A good network of surfaced paths.