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Bird and Nature Reserves

 Amwell - St Albans Sand & Gravel

Old gravel pit, now managed for wildlife.
Location: TL375128 - near Amwell village on backroad to Stanstead Abbotts.
Admission: Public access
Facilities: Public hide and viewing area.
Features: Disused gravel pit with reedbeds and woodland. Breeding reedbed and woodland birds as well as Ringed and Little Ringed Plover. Wintering ducks normally include good numbers of Smew. Bitterns regular in winter. In process of becoming SSSI on basis of wintering Gadwall and Shoveler.
(Contributed by Toby Austin)

 Lemsford Springs - Herts & Middx WT
Green Sandpiper Old watercress beds.
Location: TL223123 - near Lemsford village.
Facilities: Paths and hides (access by arrangement).
Telephone: 01707 335517
Features: Lagoons, marsh and river stretch provide habitat for a wide variety of water birds including Water Rail and Kingfisher. Green Sandpiper winter (juv illustrated).
 Rye House Marsh and Meads - RSPB / H&M WT
Two ajoining reserves. Rye Meads (H&M WT) accessible through RSPB reserve.
Location: TL387099 E of Hoddeston opposite Rye House railway station.
Facilities: Nature trails and hides. RSPB reserve has close circuit tv on breeding Kingfisher and Common Tern colonies.
Admission: Charge to enter RSPB reserve (free to members).
Features: Breeding reedbed warblers, Kingfisher, Snipe. Bittern is regular in winter along with wildfowl, Water Rail and Jack Snipe.