Cassiobury Park LNR
Know before you go
Parking informationFree car park situated just inside the park gates at the end of Gade Avenue.
There are good sealed paths around most of the reserve that would be suitable for wheelchair use. The wider Cassiobury Park has a cafe and facilities.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to August
About the reserve
A wildlife haven in a corner of Cassiobury Park, close to the bustling heart of Watford. The wet habitats found in Cassiobury Park Local Nature Reserve were once shallow watercress beds, fed with water from the river through a series of ditches. These have developed into marshland and open pools, surrounded by wet woodland of alder and willow, providing valuable cover and nesting sites for birds. There are also areas of grassland where birds such as goldfinch and greenfinch feed on the seedheads of thistles and teasels. Cassiobury Park is managed by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services and Watford Borough Council.
Spring: Common frog, lesser spotted woodpecker, mistle thrush, song thrush.
Summer: Meadowsweet, purple loosestrife, ragged robin, water-forget-me-not, yellow rattle.
Autumn: Blackbird, fieldfare, fungi, nuthatch.
Winter: Grey heron, kingfisher, little egret, siskin.
Site entrance:You can access this nature reserve through the wider Cassiobury Park using the Langley Way entrance. There is also access from Gade Avenue car park on Gade Avenue/Cassiobury Park Avenue, or via the park from Rickmansworth Road.
Access by road: Take the A412 Watford to Rickmansworth road for one mile. Turn right into Gade Avenue before the first major roundabout.
Access by public transport
Bus: 352, W30 – Watford Station (0.4 miles).
Rail: Watford Underground Station (0.4 miles).