Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking. Park at Ware station car park on Broadmeads. Alternative parking in Burgage Lane.
Mostly flat grass paths that can get very muddy in wet weather. Steep chalk bank in the south.
When to visit
Opening timesAccess at all times.
Best time to visitApril 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.
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.
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).