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Stanborough Reedmarsh

At the farthest end of the popular Stanborough Park Lakes is a quiet and rich wildlife haven, including the third largest reedbed in Hertfordshire.

The reserve is composed of willow woodland, river bank and fine reed marsh. In summer you may see water figwort, common meadow rue and water chickweed along the river bank. On the far side of the river the reed marsh is clearly visible and this is an important habitat for large numbers of reed and sedge warblers, which nest here in summer. In winter, water rails are heard and reed and corn buntings gather to roost in the evening.


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Reserve information

Stanborough Lakes
Welwyn Garden City
Map reference
TL 230 105
Great for...
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Open at all times
3.30 hectares
Access to the reserve is open at all times. Wheelchair accessible paths in Stanborough Park but not in the Reedmarsh.
Walking information
Good walking shoes recommended or wellingtons when wet.
Car park at Stanborough Lakes (pay and display).
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901