Lemsford Springs

Lemsford Springs (c) Josh Kubale

Lemsford Springs

Lemsford Springs (c) Josh Kubale

Lemsford Springs

A fascinating array of habitats: shallow spring-fed lagoons, marsh, willow woodland, hedgerow and meadow – fantastic for winter birdwatching.

Location

Lemsford Village
Lemsford
Hertfordshire
AL8 7TN

OS Map Reference

TL 222 123
A static map of Lemsford Springs

Know before you go

Size
4 hectares

Parking information

No official parking. Park in cul-de-sac next to reserve entrance.

Access

Woodland and grass paths that can be muddy in winter.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April 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.

Seasonal Highlights
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.

Directions

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).

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