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Amwell Nature Reserve

Description and Walk

Amwell Nature Reserve is designated an area of special scientific interest due to the birdlife and local flora and fauna. It is owned and managed by The Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

Formerly the site of gravel excavations, there are two lakes at Amwell with adjacent hides for the benefit of birdwatchers and photographers. The hides tend to be the closest points at which visitors can get to the lakes. Other than at these places people are distanced from the lakes in order to protect the wildlife which at various times includes: lapwing, great crested grebe, heron, water rail, oystercatcher, common tern, little ringed plover, dunlins redshank, buzzards, bittern, et al.

However, if you like to be beside the water’s edge Amwell is also close to the River Lea Navigation, a canalised section of the river. There are pathways beside the canal where visitors can walk and watch the birds and barges sail by.

As well as the lakes and the canal, the reserve also boasts wetlands and wooded areas for visitors to walk and enjoy.

Short Video of Amwell Nature Reserve

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Parking address: Amwell Lane, Great Amwell, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9SS.

Park in Amwell lane just outside the nature reserve. Look for the 'Nature Reserve' on the lane - or look out for other parked cars.

Google Map

Parking is available in Amwell Lane

Park just outside in Amwell Lane

Batford Springs layby parking

Walk over this railway crossing as you enter the reserve.

Place/s to Eat

The Jolly Fisherman is a McMullens restaurant/pub close to the nature reserve.

Address:  8 Station Road, St Margarets, Near Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 8DH.

Tel: 01920 870125

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The Jolly Fisherman at Ware

Further Information

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Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, here.

The Jolly Fisherman here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

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