Lemsford Springs

Lemsford Springs (c) Josh Kubale

Lemsford Springs

Lemsford Springs (c) Josh Kubale

Lemsford Springs

Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, this reserve remains closed

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


Lemsford Village

OS Map Reference

TL 222 123
A static map of Lemsford Springs

Know before you go

4 hectares

Parking information

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


Woodland and grass paths that can be muddy in winter.


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.

Please note, this reserve is accessed by a key - contact the Trust on 01727 858 901. 

Seasonal Highlights
 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
36, 61 – The Sun Inn, Lemsford Village (0.1 miles).
Rail: Welwyn Garden City (1.4 miles).

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