London Wildlife Trust
A peaceful haven with an explosive past.
Once the site of the Hounslow Gunpowder Mills, Crane Park Island is a beautiful reserve where you could be lucky enough to spot a majestic kingfisher or the threatened water vole.
It is a mosaic of woodland, scrub and reedbed, which due to careful management provides a home for the increasingly scarce water vole.
The island welcomes visitors throughout the year and has good facilities for people with disabilities. School children on specially organised visits can investigate the rich aquatic life in the shallow stretches of the Crane.
The old Shot Tower was opened as a nature and visitor centre in 2004. It is now open to the public every Sunday afternoon.
Habitats you'll see
River and riverbank, reedbed, woodland, scrub.
Species you might spot
Water vole, woodpeckers, kingfisher, dragonflies and damselflies.
If you spot these or any other species, please submit your wildlife sightings to Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) to help build a picture of London's nature!
Watch Kingfisher and friends - a short film by wildlife film-maker David Andrew Heath.
This beautiful film is all about the kingfishers and other birds caught on camera at Crane Park Island.
And this short film, also by David Andrew Heath, focuses on the greater spotted woodpeckers that live on Crane Park Island.
The kingfisher is a legally protected bird under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), which means it is an offence to harm them, their eggs, or their nest (burrows) when in use or being built, or otherwise disturb them whilst in their breeding season (usually February to July).
There are entrances by footpath via Ellerman Avenue or Great Chertsey Road.
The reserve is open at all times, while the Shot Tower is open on the first and last Sunday of each month, and for special events. Call 020 8755 2339 for details.
Crane Valley maps
We've put together a range of illustrated maps, showcasing the reserves we manage in the Crane Valley area:
Gutteridge Wood and Meadows
Ten Acre Wood
Roxbourne Park and Roxbourne Rough
Yeading Brook Meadows (text)
Yeading Brook Meadows (map)
Yeading wildlife sites
Find volunteering opportunities at Crane Park Island on our west London volunteering page.
Site of Metropolitan Importance; Local Nature Reserve
Crane Park Island Project runs a programme of Family Learning opportunities aimed at the local Richmond and Hounslow community. Courses include:
Archaeology, focusing on the amazing industrial archaeology of Crane Park, that was once part of Hounslow gunpowder Mills
Art Goes Wild - a chance to develop art skills including drawing, painting, printmaking 3D work mosaics and more.
Wildlife Discovery - exploring and understanding the natural world.
Tailored programmes for EAL Learners.
Tailored programmes for under-fives.