Know before you go
Parking informationNo official parking. Unrestricted parking on Purwell Lane and Kingswood Avenue.
Terrain around the reserve can be wet, and there are some steps.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
The open water at this reserve attracts moorhen, mallard and, in winter, teal. The reedbed is home to reed warblers, as well as water rails. The wet ground condition encourages tussock sedge, yellow iris and water forget-me-not. In winter, buntings roost among the reeds, snipe feed in the meadow and siskins feed on alder seeds.
Spring: Frog, grey heron, little egret, reed bunting, water rail.
Summer: Dragonfly, flag iris, ragged-robin, sedge warbler.
Autumn: Speckled wood, warblers such as blackcap, chiffchaff..
Winter: Redpoll, siskin, woodcock.
Site entrance: 0.1 miles down footpath from Kingswood Avenue.
Access by road: From A505 towards Hitchin, turn left onto Queenswood Drive after Letchworth Golf Club. Continue onto Kingswood Avenue and drive to the end where it meets Purwell Lane.
Access by public transport
Bus: 81 – Mill Close (0.2 miles).
Rail: Hitchin (1.2 miles).