Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking. Park in cul-de-sac next to reserve entrance.
Woodland and grass paths that can be muddy in winter.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July, November to February
About the reserve
Lemsford Springs contains an old watercress bed which is a valuable habitat – particularly for waterbirds, as it does not freeze in cold winter weather.
Water rail, common snipe, jack snipe, and green sandpiper may be seen from the hides, feeding on the shrimp which are abundant in the freshwater lagoons. The lagoons also support fifty species of water snail and water shrew.
Spring: Common frog, kingfisher, little egret, reed bunting.
Summer: Bullhead, water crowfoot, water shrew, yellow flag iris.
Autumn: Green sandpiper, siskin, teal.
Winter: Lesser redpoll, snipe, water rail.
Site entrance:The entrance is to the right of 11, Lemsford Village
Access by road: Leave A1(M) junction 4 and take B197, heading north past Stanborough, for one mile. Reserve is on the left hand side of the next roundabout.
Access by public transport
Bus: 36, 61 – The Sun Inn, Lemsford Village (0.1 miles).
Rail: Welwyn Garden City (1.4 miles).