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Ripple Nature Reserve
LNR Type: Urban
County: Greater London
Natural England
Regional Team:
East of England
Year of Declaration: 2006
Declaring Authority: Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: TQ 468 824
Location: Dagenham, IG11 0GF
Owned by: Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Managed by: London Wildlife Trust
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: On the junction of Renwick Road and Thames Road, Dagenham.
Visitor facilities: The Ripple Nature Reserve does not have open access to wheelchairs.
Access can however be arranged, please contact the project manager for further information.
What to see: The reserve is a tapestry of birch woodland, scrub and grassland. The dumping of fuel ash has created a soil that is very alkaline and therefore different to most soils in London (they are mostly acidic). This means that many plant species that can tolerate the soils of The Ripple struggle to grow elsewhere locally. Pyramidal and southern marsh orchids, grey club rush and wild basil are the most important of these.
Grey partridge and water vole, for example. Those species that are left are fairly typical of urban nature reserves though perhaps the number of rabbits and flocks of goldfinches are notable.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Volunteer through the Wildlife Trust
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Ranger Services
Phone: 020 8227 2332
General enquiries
Phone: 020 8215 3000
Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search Ripple Nature Reserve

Last updated 24/03/2015
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