Former gravel pits that have been restored to a diverse wetland nature reserve.
Amwell Nature Reserve is a former gravel pit in the Lee Valley near Ware. It supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl, along with outstanding communities of breeding birds and of dragonflies and damselflies. All nineteen species of dragonfly and damselfly resident in Hertfordshire have been recorded, making this the county's best site for dragonflies. These include hairy dragonfly, red-eyed damselfly and southern hawker. The dragonfly trail is open from May to September and gives you the chance to view dragonflies close up, hunting over open water.
Please note: dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk leading to the White Hide or on the Dragonfly Trail
Species and habitats
- Oystercatcher, Hobby, Peregrine Falcon, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Reed Bunting, House Martin, Sand Martin, Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Osprey, Bar-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Hairy dragonfly, Red-eyed Damselfly, Southern hawker, Brown hawker, Broad-bodied Chaser, Common darter, Four-spotted chaser, Bittern, Otter, Snipe, Water Rail, Little Grebe, Shoveler, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Teal, Pochard, Little Ringed Plover, Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Redshank, Grey Heron