Springwell Reedbed Nature Reserve

Springwell Reedbed © Josh Kubale

Springwell Reedbed

Springwell Reedbed is the largest reedbed in the London area. The wetland provides an important undisturbed refuge for wildlife in this built-up part of the Colne Valley.

Location

Springwell Lane
Rickmansworth
Hertfordshire
WD3 8UX

OS Map Reference

TQ 041 925
A static map of Springwell Reedbed

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

Free

Parking information

There are two car parks on Springwell Lane – 0.2 miles and 0.5 miles from Uxbridge Road.

Access

Please note that Springwell Reedbed is not accessible but can be enjoyed from the viewpoint.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Spring

About the reserve

Springwell Reedbed is the largest reedbed in the London area. The wetland provides an important undisturbed refuge for wildlife in this built-up part of the Colne Valley.

The reserve makes up 6% of London’s reedbeds and is a natural filter; it absorbs pollution from water as it grows, improving water quality in the Colne Valley.

The most abundant plant on this reserve, the common reed, provides homes to wildlife, such as harvest mice who weave their nests around the stalks. Hidden in the dense reeds are reed warblers in the summer and water rails in the winter. Moorhens breed here and bats fly overhead, hunting for moths over the reedbed.

Springwell Reedbed is owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Trust. Please note that the reedbed is not accessible but can be enjoyed from the viewpoint.

Directions

Site entrance:The reedbed is located at the southern end of Springwell Lake. The viewpoint is accessible via footpaths from the two nearby car parks.

Access by road: From Uxbridge Road (A412) take Springwell Lane, which leads to both car parks – see below.

Access by public transport
Bus:
41, 324, 951. R1, R2, R3, W1 – Long Lane (0.6 miles).
Rail: Rickmansworth (2 miles).