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Great days out on your doorstep

Whether you’re looking for a nature walk, outdoor sports, wildlife spotting, peaceful fishing or breath-taking views, we can offer an escape for the whole family. From grand expanses to hidden gems, our reservoirs, reserves and wetlands are just the place for a great day out.

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“Great to have a beautiful green space in a densely populated city area. Fabulous opportunities for fresh air and nature.” – Oliver S.

Our nature reserves offer refuge to all kinds of wildlife. They’re the perfect place to take a deep breath of fresh air and get lost in nature.

At some locations, there’s also the chance to try your hand at sailing, paddle boarding, angling and windsurfing.

Many of our sites offer rich heritage and a chance to make a difference, getting involved with volunteering activities or joining as a member.

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Great days out for the whole family

You’ll find something for all the family to enjoy at these reserves and wetlands, with easy yet exciting walks and wonderful wildlife to watch out for. The great outdoors on your doorstep.

Kempton Nature Reserve 

Hogsmill Nature Reserve 

Farmoor Reservoir 

Walthamstow Wetlands 

Woodberry Wetlands 

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Great days out bird watching

Our nature reserves, reservoirs and wetlands are wildlife havens and the perfect place to spot rare birds, from waders to warblers.

Kempton Nature Reserve

Hogsmill Nature Reserve

Beckton Nature Reserve 

Farmoor Reservoir 

Woodberry Wetlands 

Walthamstow Wetlands 

Crossness Nature Reserve 

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Great days out walking

Whether you’re a hardened hiker or a Sunday stroller, you’ll love exploring these outdoor spaces. From woodlands to marshlands, reedbeds to open water, there’s a wild walk for everyone.

Farmoor Reservoir 

Walthamstow Wetlands 

Crossness Nature Reserve

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Great days out fishing

From perch to pike, rainbow trout to brown trout, you can find a huge variety of fish at our reservoirs and nature reserves.

Farmoor Fishery 

Walthamstow Fishery



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Great days out for outdoor activities

If you live for the wild side of sport you won’t be disappointed, with everything from wind surfing and paddle boarding to sailing and fishing.

Farmoor Reservoir

Walthamstow Wetlands

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Great days out for rich heritage

Our sites have a proud history, including grade I listed buildings, museums and one of the most important water industry heritage sites in the country.

Crossness Nature Reserve 

Kempton Nature Reserve 

Walthamstow Wetlands 

Partner sites 

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Where can I Live Wild?

You can find our amazing nature reserves, reservoirs and heritage sites all across our region.

Live Wild all year round

Wherever, and whenever, you visit us, you’ll find something special to see. Here’s what to look out for:


Springing to life – Delicate snowdrops emerge from the ground and migrant swifts return to race across our skies


In full bloom – Wildflowers add colour to the meadows and support our precious pollinators, like the buff-tailed bumblebee


Fall fire – Deciduous trees turn vivid red, orange and yellow. Fungi, such as the waxcap, emerge from the soil


Winter togetherness – Wetland birds like the shoveler flock in great numbers. Starling murmurations take flight, thousands strong

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