Former gravel pits that have been restored to a diverse wetland nature reserve.

Amwell Nature Reserve is a former gravel pit in the Lee Valley near Ware. It supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl, along with outstanding communities of breeding birds and of dragonflies and damselflies. All nineteen species of dragonfly and damselfly resident in Hertfordshire have been recorded, making this the county's best site for dragonflies. These include hairy dragonfly, red-eyed damselfly and southern hawker. The dragonfly trail is open from May to September and gives you the chance to view dragonflies close up, hunting over open water.


Please note: dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk leading to the White Hide or on the Dragonfly Trail


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Nearby nature reserves

Rye Meads
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Hertford Heath
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
King's Meads
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Great Amwell Village
SG12 9SS
Map reference
TL 376 127
Great for...
a family day out
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
stunning views
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Public transport
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Opening Times
Open at all times
40.08 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Special Protection Areas (SPA)
Living Landscape schemes
Lee Valley Living Landscape
Access to the reserve is open at all times.
Walking information
Stout footwear/wellies recommended, as may be muddy
Parking on side of Amwell Lane
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tel: 01727 858901


Factsheets and guides for your visit