Places to see birds

Thames Water's Crossness Nature Reserve

The sites are open to the general public and are criss-crossed by a number of public and permissive footpaths. A small area of the nature reserve has restricted access and is accessible only to members of the Friends of Crossness Nature Reserve scheme (membership requires a one-off £10 fee).

The nature reserve is fronted by the River Thames and, as such, attracts waders and wildfowl on the mudflats, and on our winter-flooded paddocks. The reedbeds are full of reed, sedge and Cetti's warblers in summer, and Crossness is also home to breeding barn owls and kestrels.

There are various access routes. Crossness Nature Reserve is best accessed from the Thames Path by parking on Crabtree Manorway and walking west, or parking and walking east from Thamesview Golf Centre, 1.5km west of Crossness on Fairway Drive, Thamesmead; this allows visitors to bird the river along the way. An alternative route is to park on Norman Road and access Public Footpath 2 from the south-east corner of the reserve. The nearest train stations are Abbey Wood and Belvedere, and buses include the 401, 180 and 601 to Norman Road, and 229 to Crossway for the Thames Path. Crossness Southern Marsh is accessed from Southmere Park off Belvedere Road, Abbey Wood SE2 9AQ. Parking at Southmere Lake is recommended. Maps and directions are on our website.