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Vange Hill

30ac/12ha  LNR

Grid ref: TQ 720 875 (click for o/s map)

Updated 25/08/2014

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A former plotlands area that is now an informal open space of grassland and scrub woodland. At the foot of the hill is a large drainage ditch built to prevent Vange from flooding and now surrounded by trees and scrub. From the top there are commanding views across the south Essex marshland and over the River Thames into Kent.

The soil here is free-draining, and the south-facing slopes in particular are warm and dry, which makes them particularly valuable for insects such as butterflies and bees. Large numbers of the commoner butterflies can be seen in summer, and also some rarities such as the marbled white.

Notable among its flowering plants are pale flax and fairy flax


Access from Vange Hill Drive. Follow London Road (B1464) from the roundabout on the A176 just north of its junction with the A13. Vange Hill Drive turns off on the left about 1 mile down.

Several bus services run along Vange Hill Drive.

Accessible at all times.

Photo © Owen Keen