We will meet at Manor House Station at 10:30am and take a short walk along the New River to the entrance to the reservoirs. We will then explore this compact oasis aiming to complete the walk about by 13:00 followed by optional lunch (at your own cost) at the Coal House Café on site with free time to explore the remainder of the site after the walk.
The Woodberry Wetlands is an operating reservoir originally constructed in 1833 and closed to public access ever since. Working closely with Thames Water, London Wildlife Trust created an urban wetland oasis rich in wildlife.
We will take a leisurely walk along paths around the reservoirs, stopping at various points. Birds we are likely to see include grey herons, geese (and goslings), grebes, many species of duck and smaller birds such as dunnock, tits and chaffinches. Kestrels, reed warblers and kingfishers have also been sighted. In addition to the birds, the site is home to invertebrates such as damselflies and dragonflies, as well as amphibians and plant life
Most of the walk will be on surfaced or gravel paths, including a few steps, but is uneven in places so please make sure you wear appropriate footwear. Also please remember to bring a drink to keep you hydrated.