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Kempton is an internationally important wetland nature reserve in West London.
The reserve is an internationally designated special protection area for ducks, and was notified as a site of special scientific interest in 2000. With huge swathes of redland habitat, the site is regularly visited by Bearded Tits Panurus biarmicus, Sedge Warblers Acroephalus schoenobaenus and a myriad of other reed dependant species.
Recently we have developed dragon fly pond and areas of mud scrape for wading birds of all varieties, which regularly come to the site in the winters months to feed.
Kempton Nature Reserve is located within the London Borough of Hounslow, to the east of the elevated section of the A316. For satellite navigation users, the postcode is TW13 6XH
Working with the London Borough of Hounslow and Natural England we have transformed a decommissioned reservoir into a purpose-designed wetland nature reserve.
Several features have been introduced as the transformation has progressed:
The diversity of these habitats attracts a variety of waterfowl, waders, gulls and warblers - some very rare in the UK.
The first pair of avocets to breed inland in the UK for 150 years nested at the reserve in 1996.
The reserve is an internationally designated special protection area for ducks, and was notified as a site of special scientific interest in 2000.
The reserve is also recognised as one of Europe's premier locations for wetland birds, and has had 159 different species recorded on the site.
Conservation work at the site was rewarded in the national 2002 British Trust for Ornithology bird challenge for business awards, when the reserve won the Wetland Sites Conservation award.