King's Mead Nature Reserve

King's Mead Nature Reserve © Tim Hill

One of the largest water meadows in Hertfordshire; 265 different species of wildflower and 119 bird species have been recorded here.

Location

King's Meads
Ware
Hertfordshire
SG12 9XD

OS Map Reference

TL 349 136
A static map of King's Meads

Know before you go

Size
95 hectares

Parking information

No official parking. Park at Ware station car park on Broadmeads. Alternative parking in Burgage Lane.

Access

Mostly flat grass paths that can get very muddy in wet weather. Steep chalk bank in the south.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Access at all times.

Best time to visit

April to July, November to February

About the reserve

The combination of ditches, floodwater and regular grazing has created a rich wetland habitat at this site. In winter, flooded areas attract ducks, gulls and waders. This is also a key site for wintering stonechats. In summer, seven species of warbler breed here in addition to good populations of reed bunting, meadow pipit and skylark. Recorded wildflowers include countyrare species such as reflexed salt-marsh grass, lesser sea spurrey and water violet.

Seasonal Highlights
Spring:
 Meadow pipit, reed bunting, salad burnet, skylark, water violet.
Summer: Adder’s-tongue fern, four spotted chaser, lesser sea spurry, long-winged conehead, pepper saxifrage.
Autumn: Lapwing, ruff, snipe, wheatear, yellow wagtail.
Winter: Gadwall, shoveler, stonechat, teal, wigeon.

Directions

Site entrance: Main reserve entrance is at the end of Broadmeads in Ware.
Alternative entrance from Burgage Lane car park.

Access by road: Broadmeads car park is accessed from Amwell End Road near Ware railway station. Burgage Lane car park is accessed from Ware High Street A1170.

Access by public transport
Bus:
331, 383, 384, 390, 395 – Hertford Regional College (Stop D) (300m).
Rail: Ware (500m).

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