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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 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. The reserve makes up 6% of London’s reedbeds and is a natural filter; it absorbs pollution from water as it grows, improving water quality in the Colne Valley.

 

The most abundant plant on this reserve, the common reed, provides homes to wildlife, such as harvest mice who weave their nests around the stalks. Hidden in the dense reeds are reed warblers in the summer and water rails in the winter. Moorhens breed here and bats fly overhead, hunting for moths over the reedbed.
 


 

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

 

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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

Location
Springwell Lane
Rickmansworth
Hertfordshire
WD3 8UW
Map reference
TQ 040 924
Great for...
birdwatching
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Size
2.50 hectares
Access
Yes

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