Places to see birds

Amwell Quarry Nature Reserve - (SSSI SPA RAMSAR)

Male lapwing in breeding habitat

Situated off Amwell Lane, Stanstead Abbots, Hertfordshire. A former working gravel pit, this area attracts a wide range of species, especially waders and wildfowl. It is important for Otters and Water Voles and also supports a large number of dragonfly species.

The site was purchased in late 2006 by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, with help from supporters, local wildlife groups, the Tubney Charitable Trust and substantial government funds through GreenArc (a landscape initiative to enhance, expand and protect the landscape within and surrounding the green belt).

Summer visitors to the area have included Little Ringed Plovers, Hobby, Redshanks and Garganey.
Gadwall and Shoveller can be seen in the Autumn, with many Lapwings. Winter visitors such as Bittern, Goosander and Smew are usually seen here. Recently Little Egrets have become regulars at the roost. In 2007 a Little Bunting was seen and, in May 2008, a Great Reed Warbler was found here.

The area can be watched from the viewpoint, and there are three public hides around the site and a summer dragonfly trail. A walk through the woodland can be productive, and raptors can often be seen over the woods opposite the viewpoint.

There is no public access into the reserve, nearest toilets etc are at Stanstead Abbots.

For further details of events, work parties etc contact the Trust - 01727 858901