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Willowmead

A small reserve situated next to the River Mimram which is home to plentiful birdlife, including kingfishers.

Willowmead is a small area of wet alder carr woodland, situated adjacent to the River Mimram. Many of the alder trees are of considerable age and are multi-stemmed, evidence of past management. Otters and water voles have been recorded along the river. Kingfishers and wintering siskins are present. Lesser-spotted woodpecker, spotted flycatcher, song thrush, nuthatch and treecreeper breed in the woodland, whilst mandarin, mallard, tufted duck, moorhen and coot breed along the river and its edge.

 

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland, Woodland
Species
Kingfisher, Song Thrush, Nuthatch, Treecreeper

Nearby nature reserves

Waterford Heath
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
King's Meads
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Balls Wood
2 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
At the end of Becketts, a cul-de-sac off the westbound A414 out of Hertford
Hertford
Hertfordshire
SG14 2AN
Map reference
TL 314 121
Great for...
birdwatching
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
1.50 hectares
Access
There are no clearly defined paths around the reserve and the terrain can be difficult.
Walking information
Ground conditions can be very wet and there are no clearly defined footpath routes through the site.
Parking
yes
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01727 858901
jenny.sherwen@hmwt.org