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Purwell Ninesprings

An open water reserve attracting a wide variety of bird species - one of the best places in north Hertfordshire for water voles.

The open water at this reserve attracts moorhen, mallard and in winter, teal. The reedbed is home to reed warblers, as well as water rails. Look for water voles near the reed margins in summer. The wet ground condition encourages tussock sedge, yellow iris and water forget-me-not. In winter, buntings roost among the reeds, snipe feed in the meadow and siskins feed on alder seeds.


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Reserve information

Purwell Ninesprings
Map reference
TL 206 293
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Open at all times
6.40 hectares
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Terrain around the reserve can be wet, and there are some steps. Visitors are advised to wear suitable footwear.
Walking information
Wellingtons recommended, especially in winter
Small parking area at end of Kingswood Avenue, where it meets Purwell Lane. Park on road and walk down Gypsy Lane - reserve is on the right.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901