Hilfield Park Reservoir
Access for Trust members only. Please note: the Trust's offices remain closed to visitors and we are therefore currently unable to issue site keys to members.
Know before you go
Parking informationUse Affinity Water car park and lock gate behind you.
Heavily rutted tracks with a steep climb to the top of the dam.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July, November to February
About the reserve
This large expanse of water is a valuable refuge for waterfowl, including blacknecked grebe. An important site for large numbers of wintering ducks, particularly mallard, shoveler, teal, wigeon and goldeneye. The area is of national importance for its summer populations of pochard, tufted duck and common tern. The marginal vegetation supports many breeding bird species such as reed bunting and sedge warbler. Around the margins of the reservoir are large marshy areas where many species of marsh plants flourish, including great reedmace, reed canary grass, phragmites and various sedges.
Spring: Blackcap, black-necked grebe, orange tip, reed bunting.
Summer: Brown argus, common pipistrelle, marbled white, migrant hawker, meadow brown.
Autumn/ Winter: Goldeneye, goosander, pochard, smew, wigeon.
Hilfield Park Reservoir is owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Trust.
Access for Trust members only
Please note: the Trust's offices remain closed to visitors and we are therefore currently unable to issue site keys to members.
Whilst this reserve is member-only access, there is a viewing platform on the east side of the reserve which is accessible via Hogg lane, and along a public footpath. Remember to wear wellies in the muddy season and stick to the path.
Site entrance: The entrance is on Hilfield Lane – there is no public access. Trust members only, borrow the key from the head office in St Albans.
Access by road: On A41 head south towards Edgware. Pass over M1 and turn left into Hilfield Lane after 0.5 miles. Entrance is 200 yards on the right.
Access by public transport
Bus: 306, 823 bus – Motorway Bridge on A411, Eltree Road. Reserve (1 mile).
Rail: Bushey or Elstree and Borehamwood (3 miles).
This site is owned by Affinity Water.