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Springwell Reedbed

Springwell Reedbed is the largest reedbed in the London area. The wetland provides an important undisturbed refuge for wildlife in this built-up part of the Colne Valley.

Springwell Reedbed sits between both urban and more rural areas, within the Colne Valley, and makes up the largest area of reedbed in London. It is bordered by the quiet Springwell Lake, the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne. The outcome is an ideal, undisturbed context for such an important habitat. Plant life comprises mostly of common reed, which at the edges of the site is fringed with alder and willow carr. The reedbed provides a home for species such as reed warblers, harvest mice and various dragonflies in the summer months and water rail and starlings in the autumn/winter. Impressive starling murmurations may be seen above the reeds, before they roost in them at night, with this population attracting birds of prey such as peregrine falcons and sparrowhawks.  



Springwell Reedbed is owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.


Affinity Biodiversity Project  

Springwell Reedbed is one of the sites included in the Affinity Biodiversity Project. This is an exciting project funded by Affinity Water and delivered by HMWT, with a goal to improve three of Affinity Water’s best sites, for both people and wildlife. These sites are Springwell Reedbed, Stocker’s Lake and Hilfield Park Reservoir. The project is using a range of approaches to reach out to people and encourage exploration and involvement in these wildlife havens, including regular nature-seeking events, volunteer opportunities, improved on-site interpretation and infrastructure, to allow the public to discover more about their wild and wonderful surroundings. Engagement with schools and local groups will also enable us to share our enthusiasm and knowledge for the nature at these reserves


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Nearby nature reserves

Stocker's Lake
1 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Old Park Wood
1 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Broadwater Lake
3 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Springwell Lane
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TQ 040 924
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2.50 hectares

Walking information
Walking shoes recommended. Closeby: Grand Union Canal towpath
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901