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Hertford Heath

One of a very few patches of surviving heathland in Hertfordshire which supports a special mix of wildlife.

A rare Hertfordshire open heathland, this reserve also contains woodland, two large ponds and several smaller heathy pools. Plants such as heather, heath bedstraw, tormentil and gorse are amongst some of the heathland species. The ponds are home to good numbers of great crested and smooth newts, and the heath is also home to grass snakes and slow worms. The woodland areas consist of hornbeam coppice and oak and birch woodland. In the spring, there is a good show of bluebells, whilst in summer there is a fine show of plants such as yellow flag iris. Birds to be seen include great-spotted woodpecker and nuthatch.


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Species and habitats

Heathland, Woodland
Broom, Bluebell, Heather, Brown hawker, Yellow Iris

Nearby nature reserves

Balls Wood
0 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Hobbyhorse Wood
0 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
King's Meads
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Hertford Heath
SG13 7PW
Map reference
TL 351 108
Great for...
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
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Opening Times
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28.30 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Terrain is relatively easy and suitable for wheelchair users in dry weather.
Walking information
Easy walking; paths throughout the reserve.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901