An SSSI designated former gravel pit in the Lee Valley near Ware, Amwell Nature Reserves supports internationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl, along with outstanding communities of breeding birds and of dragonflies and damselflies. All nineteen species of dragonfly and damselfly resident in Hertfordshire have been recorded, making this the county’s best site for dragonflies.
Amwell is known for bitterns and HMWT cut rides and ‘bittern bays’ in the reedbed to help visitors see the elusive bird from the Bittern Pool viewpoint. Spring and autumn passage migrants benefit from HMWT’s reed bed management and the majority of the reserve’s birds can be seen from the high vantage point of the main viewpoint.
The dragonfly trail is open from May to September and gives you the chance to view dragonflies close up, hunting over open water.