Ponders End Lake
This one acre lake is found nestled in the middle of Lee Valley Golf Course.
The lake is fringed with reeds, which in summer is a good place to look for Sedge and Reed Warbler. Reed Bunting is present throughout the year. Look out for the Common Tern returning from Africa to nest amongst the gravel on the island in front of the bird hide. These birds are often joined by Little Ringed Plover. Lapwing also use the island and in winter Wigeon can be seen on the lake and grazing the surrounding fairways. Listen out for the shrill call of a Kingfisher and you may be lucky enough to see one flash by.
Car parking is available at Lee Valley Leisure Complex and a hide is accessed via a gate onto the golf course. The path to the hide is partially surfaced. Please be aware of flying golf balls!
Tottenham Marshes consists of a large expanse of rough grassland with wildflower meadows, accessible river channels and scrubland.
The meadows are home to an increasing number of Bee Orchid which flower from May to June as well as the scarce Wall Bedstraw. Buddleia can become invasive and cause problems but around the car park it attracts huge numbers of butterflies, including the migratory Painted Lady.
Look above the grasslands to see Kestrel hunting small mammals such as Bank and Field Vole. It’s worth scanning the electricity pylons where the Kestrel often perch.
Wasp Spider is increasing its range in the UK and can be seen in the long grass. As their name suggests they are brightly coloured. They weave a characteristic zigzag pattern in their web, which they use to catch grasshoppers and other small insects.
The Small Red-eyed Damselfly is benefiting from our milder climate. They can be seen from late June to September, perching on floating vegetation along the Lee Navigation. The marshes are also excellent areas for flocks of small birds. In winter large flocks of Linnet can be seen feeding on the seed heads of Teasel, dock and thistle.
Sand Martin visit in summer months, nesting in purpose-made holes drilled in the concrete walls of Pymmes Brook. The river channels are also good places to look for a darting Kingfisher.
The car park is located off Watermead Way. There’s a network of surfaced paths around the site. Accessible toilets are located at Stonebridge Lock Centre.