East India Dock Basin

A nature reserve in , Tower Hamlets

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East India Dock Basin is all that remains of the docks of the East India Company, famous for shipping spices in the late 19th century. Since its closure in 1967, the Dock Basin has been turned into a bird sanctuary, and is owned and managed by the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority.The site is made up of a diverse range of habitats, including saltmarsh (unique in this stretch of the Thames), reedbed and grassland. Rafts have been created in the open water for birds. There is also a band of boggy willow woodland along the northern edge, and two further blocks of woodland in the southeast and southwest corners. The site is open daily, with access via a gate in Orchard Place or along the riverside from the west. Birdlife can also be viewed from the slip road to the Lower Lea Crossing.

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