Places to see birds

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Bentley Priory is a good reserve for the keen birder or a family walk with a patchwork of woods, grassland and two bodies of water. There is a good bird list and a deer park with a herd of fallow deer.Bushey Heath. OS Grid Reference TQ157935 More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

The reserve contains mixed habitat of woodland, open water, watercress beds and marshy grassland. There are 46 species of breeding birds including all three woodpeckers and 7 species of bats. The reserve is suitable for wheelchairs.Ordnance Survey Grid Reference TQ 092 967 More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Croxley Common Moor is a little gem of a reserve with a good range of species all year round. It can easily be walked in one hour, but two or three hours can be spent there. Not really suitable for wheelchairs.OS Grid Reference TQ 082 946 More...

male stonechat perched on bramble

Merry Hill is a superb woodland created by The Woodland Trust. It is reliably good for green woodpecker, skylark and bullfinch. It has well marked paths but is not suitable for wheelchairs.OS Grid Reference TQ131940 More...

Goosander on water

Stockers lake is a large water filled gravel pit with islands. A visit at any time is rewarding with 60 recorded species of breeding birds. It has the largest heronry in Hertfordshire. Wheelchair access is possible to certain areas, but not the whole circuit of the lake.Ordnance Survey Grid Reference 042 933 More...

Nuthatch on branch

Whippendell Wood was given SSSI status in 1954 and is listed by Natural England as ancient wood. All three woodpeckers and tawny owl breed in the wood Noctule bats and muntjac deer can be seen.Not all paths are suitable for wheelchairs.OS Grid Reference TQ977075Car parks in Grove Mill Lane and Rousebarn Lane More...