LondonBy ashley / 19th May 2019 / Reserves Worth Visiting / 0 Comments
London is the capital city of England. Despite being renowned for its urban areas there is also an abundance of woodlands to explore. London has some of the best southern nature reserves in the whole of the UK.
This is a large forest area that also covers grass meadows and wetlands. It has the rare status as a Special Area for Conservation. People like to visit Epping for the numerous insects and plants that can be found there. Some of this flora and fauna is rarely seen in the United Kingdom. Part of the woodland is ancient, with a rich history to discover.
This part of London once had an active railway running through it. It has since closed and wildlife has reclaimed the old lines. Hikers can see how nature has once again taken over. Animals have made new habitats out of the man-made material and the land is now an open space full of creatures.
WWT London Wetland Centre
In 2012 this was named Britain’s favourite nature reserve after a vote in Countryfile magazine. There are walkways that give beautiful views of the lakes and ponds that dot the 100 acre land. Bird watchers come here to spot a wide variety of species. There are several hides and even a heated observation building.
Families love to see the otters that live here. This is the main attraction and should not be missed. Children can roam freely through the indoor and outdoor playing areas. Meanwhile parents can enjoy a break at the Waters Edge Cafe. The nature reserve is a mere 10 minutes from Hammersmith underground tube station.
Camley Street Natural Park
Camley Street Natural Park can be found by walking along Regent’s Canal. This is one of the top places to go if you want to see butterflies. Additionally there are small birds and amphibians to look for. Visitors will have no trouble finding picnic spots in this area.
This one might not be ideal for those afraid of dark underground passages. There are miles of tunnels full of history from Roman times to World War 2. Guides can be hired to give interesting tours.
This reserve is thought to have trees that descended from the famous “wildwood” that existed 5,000 years ago. Queen’s Wood can be found in the Muswell Hill area. It consistently gets high reviews on travel websites.