Mekong catfish. Chub. The site supports an important population of Water Vole. Ingrebourne Hill. Pike. Hornchurch Country Park is a 104.5-hectare park on the former site of Hornchurch Airfield, south of Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering, east London. “It’s always too dark to see, so my husband took the dog out for a walk one night because he was curious and saw two young men fishing on the lake. Common Carp. The most popular part of the park is to the west of the Ingrebourne, where the ground is flat and paved; this area is most commonly frequented by dog walkers. Repton prettified this, and may also have added some of the plantation woodland around its banks. The first time I fished it I observed a mix of shallows and deeper pools with a great deal of vegetation on its banks. It flows through the London Borough of Havering roughly from north to south, joining the Thames at Rainham. Chub. The River Ingrebourne / ˈ ɪ ŋ ɡ ər ˌ b ɔːr n / is a tributary of the River Thames 27 miles (43.3 km) in length. In the 1980s, one former area of grazing pasture was used for quarrying and then restored by landfill to create a large mound some 22m high — the highest point in the area. Public transport — To reach Hornchurch CP by public transport, the best route is to take a District Line tube train to Hornchurch Station, then cross the road to Stop M and take a 252 bus to the Hornchurch Country Park stop (Stop A), where you will see the park on your left. Click the link in the orange box above for details. There are a number of pillboxes and other items dating from the Second World War to be found in the park. Siamese carp. [8], Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, 'Home of the woodpecker-riding weasel': Park sign makes it 'official', https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Hornchurch_Country_Park&oldid=936165417, Parks and open spaces in the London Borough of Havering, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 January 2020, at 02:38. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community. Visit the Medlar Press site by clicking here and order your copies now! The construction phase always looks brutal, what’s important is what they’re trying to achieve. Barbel. The Ingrebourne estuary, Rainham Creek, was called “Wadeflet” in 1206. Bream. Car — Hornchurch CP has a free car park near the visitor centre, off Squadron’s Approach (OS grid ref TQ536849) and another further north by the bridge on Hacton Lane (TQ548858). Species caught in 2017: Siamese carp. The visitor centre is open daily (except December 25 & 26) from 9am to 5pm (4pm in November, December and January). – Lure Anglers to Top Holiday Parks…, My 100lb Carp! Of course, it is no less immoral to terrorize a rat than it is an otter, but being human and prone to all the normal, irrational thoughts and feelings we have for the cuddly species, I felt rotten and, five decades on, no less so. Cars, gardening, cooking, lousy guitar playing. European Eel. ‘Bloody great rat!’ ‘Big as a dog!’ ‘Three foot long!’. However, he believes the culprits to be unfortunate individuals who have found themselves sleeping rough. Most of this site is closed to the public, but part can be viewed from the LNR. It will probably be a different river when it matures but that’s the intention, just hope that the works have been thought through and have been well executed. Terrapin. The woodland to the east of the river is somewhat inaccessible. The site has now been restored to grassland with small wooded copses. Common Carp. Black Minnow Shark. The main site, west of the river, is Ingrebourne Valley Local Nature Reserve, which is owned and managed by the London Borough of Havering and has a visitor centre run by Essex Wildlife Trust. So earnest was Geoff’s expression, we just had to investigate, catapults at the ready and suitable sticks quickly found lest we should be attacked by this beast. If you’d rather walk, it is exactly a mile from the station to the visitor centre — just turn right (south) out of the station and follow Suttons Lane. Sounds as if it might be an attempt to improve gravelly spawning habitat for species like barbel and trout by removing silt. The cry went up to ‘Get it!’ Desperately, the animal sought refuge in the long grass on the opposite bank and quickly disappeared. With the creature cornered and cowering, we could, of course, see that the man was absolutely right, but our knowledge of otters extended only as far as the picture card from Brooke Bond tea. If no 252 is due, catch a 256, which terminates one stop earlier. Amazon red tail catfish. Bream. The 57 hectare country park in Rainham is home to more than 4km of public footpaths and actively encourages joggers and cyclists, but fishing in the lake is strictly prohibited. The new airfield opened in 1928 and during World War II, RAF Hornchurch (as it was then called) was the base for three (sometimes more) Spitfire Squadrons, playing a major part in the Dunkirk evacuation and the Battle of Britain. When you arrive, cross the grassy open space into Abbey Wood and over a wooden bridge to reach Berwick Woods and Berwick Glades. Stuff. We all gave our two penn’orth and urged the man to come and help us get it. So how did the 1062 name come back into use? Ingrebourne Hill; Rainham Hall; It may come as a surprise that the Ingrebourne Valley Local Nature Reserve in Hornchurch contains the largest continuous area of freshwater reed bed in London which is designated as The Ingrebourne Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site includes Greater London’s largest area of freshwater marsh, which is very diverse, with large areas of reed sweet-grass, common reed swamp, wet neutral grassland and tall fen. The Ingerbourne Valley route is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. European Eel. Much of this follows the River Ingrebourne, a relatively unknown 27 mile tributary of the Thames that runs in a dogleg down from Brentwood. Dace. The River Ingrebourne passes through the park and if forms part of Thames Chase Community Forest. Entirely within the London Borough of Havering, the area is part of the Thames Chase Community Forest. Eventually, Geoff got his breath back and his eyes settled a little more easily in their sockets. Pike. Jullien's golden carp. I guess this is some attempt to improve river flow/prevent flooding but it seems to have ripped the heart out of this little river. Chub. Should you be so fortunate to have been blessed with a thick skin and a strong selfish streak, you will, mercifully, be unable to fully identify with the ageing but lucid pictures that continue to dog my slumbers. Nervously, we jumped the stream and began thrashing the grass with our long sticks until the wretched animal broke cover and buried itself in a small but dense blackberry bush. Bream. Tench, Carp, Roach, Pike, Perch. They've been busy along my bit of the Thames too, but the work has been very sympathetic and it hasn't altered the character of the river. Make no mistake, the stream (as we called it) was little more than a rubbish dump in places and host to little more wildlife than sticklebacks and rats – but we loved it, spending morning till dark jumping its width, climbing its trees and pursuing its vermin with catapulted stones. Alan Kendell hit one once, just as its rear end was disappearing up a drainage pipe. Cross Viking Way to a small bus station in front of a Tesco Extra and catch bus 165 or 287 to Abbey Wood Lane. Species List 2008: Greenfinch, Redwing, Carrion Crow, Green Woodpecker, Magpie, House Sparrow, Black Headed Gull, Blue Tit, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Cormorant, Teal, Mallard, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Grey Heron, Bullfinch, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Cetti's Warbler, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Jay, Fieldfare, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Feral Pigeon, Starling, Rook, Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit, Golden Plover, Stock Dove, Great Crested Grebe, Coot, Sparrowhawk, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Song Thrush, Ring-necked Parakeet, Skylark, Kestrel, Canada Goose, Lapwing, Jackdaw, Kingfisher, Greylag Goose, Brambling, Water Rail, Goldfinch, Gadwall, Yellow-legged Gull, Shoveler, Great Black-backed Gull, Little Egret, Lesser Redpoll, Little Grebe, Stonechat, Goldcrest, Siskin, Chiffchaff, Green Sandpiper, Pochard, Common Gull, Mistle Thrush, Barn Owl, Linnet, Shelduck, Common Snipe, Sand Martin, Northern Wheatear, Blackcap, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Swallow, Little Ringed Plover, Sedge Warbler, Marsh Harrier, House Martin, Red-legged Partridge, Garganey, Common Whitethroat, Redshank, Yellow Wagtail, Ringed Plover, Cuckoo, Hobby, Lesser Whitethroat, Nightingale, Garden Warbler, Swift, Common Tern, Coal Tit, Tree Sparrow, Peregrine Falcon, Woodcock, Bittern, Wigeon. Arapaima. Pike. Previously published in Waterlog magazine. I do hope something can be done for them.”, Mr Bowen described the group he witnessed standing around the lake as “dishevelled” and “fairly depressed.”. Chub. Bleak. Zander. There is a fishing lake located there, and there are many paths leading from the park to other nearby areas, including Upminster, Dagenham and Rainham. Butterflies include thriving colonies of White-letter Hairstreak and Green Hairstreak. ‘It’s an otter, boys ‘he announced ‘go on home and leave it alone’. Arapaima. There are also many informal pathways throughout the site. Rainbow Trout. This route is on the National Cycle Network. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days without taking a fish. Striped catfish. And who in their right mind would even consider the possibility of an otter in Harold Hill? March 8, 2011 in Coarse Fishing. Common Carp. It is a running-water filled ditch that succeeds in lowering the tone of Harold Hill in Romford, Essex. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy. One section of the gravel diggings became Albyns Farm Lake, now a popular fishing spot. Red Kite are regularly seen over the valley. Pike. Bleak. Rudd. However, a number of residents have now witnessed small groups of anglers setting up to fish after dark. Striped catfish. Brown Trout. Most recently an area on the side of the hill was excavated for aggregates and then infilled with rubble from Crossrail tunnels, with the hillside built up to give a gentler slope. It also offers Greater London’s largest single area of floodplain grassland, its biggest continuous reed bed and, at Berwick Woods, its largest concentration of Willow Carr. I guess it's all a lot more noticable on a little stream. Tench 8lb carp 20lb pike 30lb ... Biggin Hill Angling Centre 218 Main Road, Biggin Hill… Coordinates: 51°32′21″N 0°12′30″E / 51.53917°N 0.20833°E / 51.53917; 0.20833. Chucking lures, Martial arts and as much travel as possible. Brown Trout. European Eel. It contained quite a few chubby looking spots and seemed like an interesting river to get to know and one which I’d be spending a lot more time exploring. In 1980, following ground reinstatement of the eastern sector, and in-filling with rubbish, the London Borough of Havering carried out a massive landscaping project to create what is now Hornchurch CP. There are a number of pillboxes and other items dating from the Second World War to be found in the park. tiddlertamer, Roach, Bream, Perch, Ballan Wrasse. Species caught in 2016: Siamese carp.