With a variety of habitats and riverside views, Beckton Creekside is both a haven for wildlife and people in East London’s busy landscape.
Points of interest
Beckton Creekside sits on the banks of the River Thames and River Roding as the latter meanders through suburban East London. Through it's mix of sheltered scrub, reedbed and open ground it is a prime example of how urban ‘brownfield’ sites can be of huge value to both wildlife and the local community.
The reserve offers an ideal home for many species of birds, insects and plants which use the site all year round. In spring and summer, migrant reed and sedge warblers can be found across the site, while the creek itself can hold birds such as green sandpiper, little egret and grey wagtail. Overhead, kestrels, sparrowhawks and buzzards are seen regularly. Creekside supports numerous species of butterfly with commoner species often joined by the scarcer painted lady and clouded yellow.
The site has also recorded a variety of dragonflies, moths and other invertebrates.
The landscape around the reserve is one dominated by industry; some old relics remain, providing a link to the region’s past.
Beckton Creekside is open to the public 7 days a week. See the noticeboard on site or email the Beckton nature reserve manager for more information.
We ask that all dogs are kept on a lead when on site. No cycling or fires.
Here are some seasonal highlights:
- Spring: Listen for the rich chorus of birdsong across the site, including the elusive Cetti’s Warbler – best found by its explosive song!
- Summer: Admire Creekside’s blossoming scrub and colourful array of insects such as butterflies, bees and dragonflies. Keep an eye out for pipistrelle bats hawking overhead late in the day.
- Autumn: Check the scrub for migrant birds on their journeys south and watch fruit appearing on the bushes.
- Winter: Take the footpath to the river to admire large numbers of wintering duck such as teal, as well as wading birds like redshank, on the mudflats at low tide.
How to get there
Beckton Creekside is accessed via the Riverside Footpath located off Jenkins Lane (opposite ‘Powerleague’ indoor football).
Address: Beckton Creekside Nature Reserve (Off Jenkins lane), Barking, IG11 0AD
Public Transport: Bus 366 (Redbridge – Barking – Beckton), Bus 325 (Prince Regent – East Ham – Beckton). Nearest Rail stations: Barking (District, Hammersmith & City, Overground lines), Beckton (DLR)