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Tylers Common


Grid ref: TQ 563 907 (click for o/s map)

Updated 07/02/2021.

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Tylers Common is the last remaining sizeable piece of common land left in Havering. Its name derives from the brick and tile industry that exploited the clay deposits around here from Saxon times onwards.

Parts are kept open by grazing by horses and parts have been invaded by scrub and trees. In summer the open grassland is full of wild flowers, including agrimony, birdsfoot trefoil and knapweed. It also has some rarer plants, including sneezewort (in the damp south-east corner) and dwarf gorse, indicative of its heathland past.

Skylarks and meadow pipits breed here. The mix of scrub, tall hedges and open grassland attracts declining seed-eating birds including yellowhammers, linnets and bullfinches.


Within the triangle formed by the A127, A12 and M25 east of Harold Wood. From M25 junction 28 take the A1023 towards Brentwood and turn first right on to Nags Head Lane: the car park is less than a mile down on the left. SatNav: RM14 1TS.

Accessible at all times.

High summer for wild flowers and insects.

© Andrew Jones