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Wildlife significance of Coalhouse Fort boosted by local award

29 November 2019
East Tilbury’s Coalhouse Fort has topped a countywide birdwatching survey for the most bird species recorded out of more than 100 different wildlife sites in Essex.
The Essex Birdwatching Society presented Thurrock Council’s Coalhouse Fort rangers team and park conservation volunteers with an award certificate after members of the public submitted sightings of 89 bird species during its Big County Birdwatch. The event was organised to mark the society’s 70th anniversary in September 2019.

Coalhouse Fort boosted with £47,000 from government's Coastal Revival Fund

4 December 2018
A historic riverside fort has received a big boost after being awarded £47,000 from the Government’s Coastal Revival Fund.
Coalhouse Fort, built at East Tilbury during the 19th century to help protect the Thames estuary, was one of 25 coastal projects to benefit from the latest round of funding.

Community comes together to restore beacon ahead of Memorial Day

9 October 2018
Residents from across Thurrock gathered recently to celebrate the successful restoration of one of the borough’s fire beacons.
Members of the West Tilbury, East Tilbury and Linford Community Forum (WELCOM Forum) came together at Coalhouse Fort Park on Friday 21 September to watch as local blacksmiths David Theobald and John Clout brought the beacon back to life.
Erected in 1988 to mark the 400th anniversary of defeating the Spanish Armada, the Coalhouse Fort Park beacon had since fallen into disrepair since last being lit in the 1990s.