Back to reserve map

Oughtonhead

A mature alder and willow woodland running adjacent to the River Oughton where water shrews live.

Oughtonhead is one of the larger fen woodlands in Hertfordshire. For such a small reserve the diversity of habitats is surprisingly large, comprising wet and dry woodland, fen, aquatic and water margin areas. In addition there are several ditches which are important for certain fen species. The reserve is an important habitat for birds such as kingfishers, water rail and woodcock, whilst mammals such as the water shrew may be seen.

 

If you are interested in volunteering at this site please click here to see if there are any volunteering opportunities coming up in the future.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Woodland
Species
Water Rail, Reed Bunting, Kingfisher, Siskin, Redwing, Fieldfare, Water Shrew

Nearby nature reserves

Purwell Ninesprings
3 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Pegsdon Hills and Hoo Bit
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Hexton Chalk Pit
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Location
Oughtonhead
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5 3RP
Map reference
TL 169 304
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
6.20 hectares
Access
No

There is no access into the reserve but it can be viewed from the other side of the River Oughton, along the public footpath.
Walking information
Icknield Way closeby. The reserve is next to Oughtonhead Common Local Nature Reserve.
Parking
Drive to end of Westmill Lane and park in layby. Take track towards the river, turn right and follow the footpath.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901
info@hmwt.org