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East Ham Nature Reserve

One of Britain's largest church yards is also a fantastic nature reserve, great for school trips, family visits, and even tracing your ancestors. The church is 800 years old, but the visitors centre is nearly new.

East Ham Nature Reserve

This seven-acre site has been a nature reserve since 1977, providing a haven for a huge range of plants and animals: everything from lizards to rare snails, and blue bells to black caps. it's great to wander round, have a sit down, and to teach children about the wildlife around them. Community Links manage the site and our school, Education Links, runs some classes in the visitors' centre, which also has useful things like toilets, leaflets, and preserved examples of some of the animals found on the site. 

Where is it, and how do I get in touch?
The address is 1 Norman Road, London, E6 6HN
The nearest tube stop is Beckton, which is on the DLR. 
Click here for a map
The easiest way to contact us is via email on .

When is it open?
The nature reserve is open every day of the year from 8.00 until 5.00, and it's free to get in. However the visitors centre may not be open and staffed, so please do get in touch beforehand if you will need access (details below).

I'm a teacher - can I book a school visit?
Of course, you'd be more than welcome. Access to the reserve is free (we can arrange access to toilets if necessary), and a two hour session in our specially-equipped classroom within the visitors' centre costs only £60. For more details, please email . - we'll be back in touch very soon.

I think my ancestors were buried here - can I find out?
Yes, we have access to the Parish records and to the register of who is buried in the graveyard. However, you need to book ahead, since our day-to-day staff are responsible for running the school and unable to spare time to access the records. To arrange a time please email .