One of the largest untouched water meadows in Hertfordshire; 265 different species of wildflower have been recorded, and 119 bird species.
The combination of ditches, floodwater and regular grazing has created a rich wetland habitat at this site. In winter, flooded areas attract ducks, gulls and waders and this is also a key site for wintering stonechats. In summer, seven species of warbler breed here, in addition to good populations of reed bunting, meadow pipit and skylark. A total of 265 species of wildflower have been recorded, including county-rare species such as reflexed salt-marsh grass, lesser sea spurrey and water violet.
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Species and habitats
- Grassland, Ponds, Wetland
- Kidney Vetch, Salad Burnet, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Hairy dragonfly, Adder's-tongue Fern, Lesser Sea-spurrey, Pepper Saxifrage, Ruff, Whinchat, Wheatear, Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Teal, Snipe, Wigeon, Gadwall, Four-spotted chaser, Shoveler