Places to see birds

RSPB Rye Meads

For a great family trip, visit this delightful wetland reserve beside the River Lee near Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire More...

RSPB Otmoor

Otter, near Oxford, is a magical nature reserve of wet meadows and reedbeds. More...

Nuthatch on branch

This is a beautiful place for a quiet woodland walk. You can take a stroll along dappled paths through beech, ash and oak trees. More...

The Ashridge Estate (National Trust)

Ashridge Estate near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire is a 2,000 hectare (5,000 acres) area of the Chiltern Hills with beech and oak woodlands, commons and chalk downlands supporting a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells in spring, rare butterflies in summer, fallow deer and of course a wide variety of woodland birds. More...

Blow's Down

The steep chalk hills rising from the edges of Luton and Dunstable have allowed this Beds, Bucks and Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust site to retain grassland rich in wildlife and full of colour, with areas of scrub providing shelter for birds and insects. The views from the top of the slope are well worth the climb, passing through flower-rich grassland as you go. More...

Lemsford Springs

Lemsford Springs is a small nature reserve administered by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust and contains an old watercress bed which is a valuable habitat - particularly for waterbirds, as it does not freeze in cold winter weather. More...

Drake teal profile

Once a chalk quarry, College Lake is now one of BBOWT's flagship nature reserves. The transformation is a fantastic example of what people passionate about wildlife can bring about through a shared vision and sheer determination. Thanks to the hard work of BBOWT staff and volunteers, this thriving nature reserve now supports more than 1,000 different wildlife species. An eco visitor centre with stunning views of the lakes opened to the public in 2010. More...

Stockers Lake, Rickmansworth (Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust)

Stocker's Lake is one of the oldest gravel pits in the Colne Valley. Wintering ducks such as shoveler and goldeneye are common visitors in nationally important numbers. Over 60 species of breeding birds have been recorded here and the heronry is the largest in the county. More...

Tring Reservoirs (Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust)

Wilstone Reservoir, one of the four Tring Reservoirs, was made famous by the first nesting in this country of black-necked grebes in 1918. More...

Croxley Common Moor

Whilst all around has been built on or improved for modern agriculture, Croxley Common Moor remains little changed - a wonderful untouched haven for wildlife close to Watford, and just a few miles from London. Its 100 acres of historic grassland straddle the flood plain of the River Gade. More...