Lee Valley Living Landscape

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aiming to connect, manage and enhance wetlands

London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Middlesex Wildlife Trusts

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The Lee Valley Living Landscape includes sites of international and national importance and stretches for 28 miles from Hertford through the 2012 Olympic Park to the River Thames.

The scheme is divided by the M25, north of which lies a landscape dominated by a chain of water-filled gravel pits, while to the south lies an urban landscape punctuated by reservoirs and pockets of open space.

The scheme aims to connect, manage and enhance wetlands so that they continue to support internationally important populations of wintering wildfowl.


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What's happening?

• A visitor centre and Nature Reserve at Rye Meads near Hoddesdon together with the RSPB
• The creation of Amwell Nature Reserve near Ware
• We want to continue to improve access to wildlife for the 10 million people who live within an hour of the valley.

Scheme area: 4,000 hectares

Trust reserves within the scheme

Balls Wood, Danemead, Fir & Pond Woods, Oak Hill Woods, East Reservoir and Old Ford Island

This scheme is helping species including...

Water vole, otter, common toad, soprano pipistrelle and grey heron

Current threats to the landscape

Agricultural intensification, inappropriate development (Olympic Park), flood defence, non-native species, habitat loss and degradation, climate changes and pollution.


Natural England, Environment Agency, Local Authorities, Thames Water, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, London Biodiversity Partnership

To find out more

Email: info@hmwt.org | Tel: 01727 858901 | Lee Valley Living Landscape

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