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The southern section of Beam Parklands is a flood storage area in which large areas of wetland and reedbed have recently been developed, alongside the Beam River and the Wantz Stream. There is also some newly planted woodland and large areas of rough grassland and scrub.
Dense wetland vegetation grows alongside much of the river, including large stands of himalayan balsam, and snipe sometimes find refuge here in winter. A series of ponds have been created and these are used for breeding by great crested newts and other amphibians.
A rectangular area in the centre of the site is the former Dagenham Hospital, surrounded by tall trees.
Accessible from Rainham Road South (A1112), from Ballards Road (B178), from New Road (A1306), and from the adjoining housing estates. Parking at Leys Playing Fields on Ballards Road. SatNav: RM10 9EP.
Regular bus services along New Road, Ballards Road and Rainham Road South
Accessible at all times.
Summer for wetland plants and insects; migration periods for unusual birds
Surfaced paths run the full length of the valley from north to south and part way along the Wantz Stream