Know before you go
Ground conditions can be very wet and there are no clearly defined footpath routes through the site.
There are no clearly defined paths around the reserve and the terrain can be difficult.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Willowmead is a small area of wet alder carr woodland, situated adjacent to the River Mimram.
Many of the alder trees are of considerable age and multi-stemmed, evidence of past
management. Water voles have been recorded along the river and Kingfishers and wintering
siskins are present. Great spotted woodpecker, song thrush, nuthatch and treecreeper breed in
the woodland, whilst mallard, moorhen and coot breed along the river and its edge.
Spring: Common frog, grass snake, great spotted woodpecker.
Summer: Dragonflies, kingfisher, nuthatch, song thrush.
Autumn/ Winter: Lesser redpoll, siskin.
Site entrance: Via a gate from Becketts (cul-de-sac). Gate next to the river, past last house on left.
Access by road: From Hertford head west on A414 Hertingfordbury Road. Go under railway line and over roundabout. Take next left into Becketts.
Access by public transport
Bus: 380 – A414, Hertingfordbury Road (0.2 miles).
Rail: Hertford North (0.7 miles).