Grays Thurrock Chalk Pit

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Grays Thurrock Chalk Pit
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Pond in the Pit - - 1055827.jpg
Area of Search Essex
Grid reference TQ609789
Interest Biological
Area 17.3 hectares
Notification 1985
Location map Magic Map

Grays Thurrock Chalk Pit is a 17.3 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest in Grays in Essex.[1][2] It is part of Chafford Gorges Nature Park, which is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust.[3][4]

Extraction of chalk finished in the 1920s, and since then colonisation of the site has created a range of woodland, grassland and scrub habitats which are important for invertebrates. There is also an area of open water. Beetles include two Red Book species, Mordellistena humeralis and Mordellistena neuwaldeggiana.[1]

There is access to the site from Devonshire Road.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Grays Thurrock Chalk Pit citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Map of Grays Thurrock Chalk Pit". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Chafford Gorges Nature Park". Essex Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Map of Chafford Gorges Nature Park" (PDF). Healthy Life Essex. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 January 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 

Coordinates: 51°29′10″N 0°18′58″E / 51.486°N 0.316°E / 51.486; 0.316

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