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King's Meads

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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Reserve information

King's Meads
SG12 9XD
Map reference
TL 349 136
Great for...
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Nov - Feb
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Opening Times
Access at all times.
96.00 hectares
Living Landscape schemes
Lee Valley Living Landscape
Access available at all times. The River Lee towpath and some paths are suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Walking information
Wellies recommended in wet weather
Car parks in Priory Sreet & Broadmeads, or Rowleys Road or Mead Lane
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901


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