Wildlife and nature

Hot spots for wildlife

River Lee Country Park is a great place to get close to nature and watch some amazing wildlife. This 1,000 acre park is thriving with a wide variety of wildlife


Fishers Green

Fishers Green is a wildlife watchers haven. With large expanses of reedbeds across Seventy Acres Lake you might be lucky enough to spot the wintering birds such as Bittern or Smew, a secretive Water Rail amongst the reedbeds or Shoveler feeding on the open water.

Drop into the Bittern Information Point which has fantastic views over the lake and reedbeds and also the chance to see close-ups of the wildlife on our live camera streams from over the lake.

The mosaic of wetlands including lakes, wet meadows and scrapes around the park are perfect for wildlife watching throughout the year, look out for a wide range of ducks including:

  •  Gadwall 
  • Shoveler

and waders such as:

  •  Lapwing
  • Snipe

With plenty of woodland around Fishers Green you might be lucky enough to hear the melodic song of the Nightingale so listen carefully.


Lee Valley Park Farms

The farms adjacent to Fishers Green provide perfect habitats in its thick hedges and field margins for birds such as:

  • Whitethroat
  • Yellowhammer

The long grass make it ideal hunting ground for Kestrel and Barn Owl. Also look out for breeding Lapwing in the arable fields.



White-legged Damselfly

Cornmill Meadows Dragonfly Sanctuary

One of the best examples of semi-natural floodplain grassland remaining in Lee Valley Regional Park.  Its mosaic of rivers, ditches and pools makes it a fantastic place to see a variety of wildlife throughout the year. This is one of the best places in the region to see a range of dragonflies including:

  • White-legged Damselfly
  • Hairy Dragonfly
  • Migrant Hawker Dragonfly

Our Dragonfly Discovery Trail is perfect for the summer months. Look out for Kingfisher too as you stroll along the rivers and streams.

The muddy margins provide excellent feeding ground for waders passing through on migration in spring and autumn. 

Look out for:

  • Common Sandpiper
  • Green Sandpiper
  • Redshank

The wet meadows and open water are home to winter visitors such as Teal and Wigeon.

Water Vole

Broxbourne Old Mill and Meadows and Silvermeade

If you’ve explored the historic site of the Old Mill why not take a wander through the meadows to take in delicate flowers such as Ragged Robin or the prehistoric looking Giant Horsetail. Combine your trip with a visit to Silvermeade and keep an eye out for the elusive Water Vole, best spotted in the spring as they’re actively reasserting their territories. If you venture to Rusheymead Bullfinch can be seen all year and in summer listen out for warblers.


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