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Some garden waste collections have not been made in three roads this week (week ending 2 Nov). 

Local Nature Reserves

Local Nature Reserves are special places for their wildlife, quiet visitor enjoyment and recreation.

Heather in Sefton Plantation, Sherrards Park Wood

There are eight council managed local nature reserves in Welwyn Hatfield. 

The council also owns Stanborough Reed Marsh at Stanborough Park, which is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust.

  • Dead trees left in a glade for wildlife with spring flowering gorse . Standing dead trees are an important habitat.Northaw Great Wood

    Northaw Great Wood

    This extensive nature reserve is one of Hertfordshire's largest remaining historic wood pasture commons and comprises open bracken glades and wide rides with oak, hornbeam and birch woodland. Entrances for pedestrians are off Carbone Hill and The Ridgeway in Cuffley. The entrance to the car park is on The Ridgeway.

  • Sefton Plantation in Sherrards Park WoodSherrardspark Wood

    Sherrardspark Wood

    Sherrardspark Wood is one of Hertfordshire's largest and most important oak and hornbeam woodlands.

  • North Pit at Mardley HeathMardley Heath

    Mardley Heath

    This is a large wood extending to 37 hectares, regenerating naturally following gravel extraction in the 20th century. In mediaeval times it was wood pasture common where local people grazed animals, gathered fuel and fed their pigs on acorns. There is a car park on Heath Road, an easy access trail close by and a longer perimeter trail for horse-riders and cyclists.

  • Longhorn cattle grazing in the meadow at DanesburyDanesbury

    Danesbury

    Danesbury is a historic parkland once linked to Danesbury House. It is now managed extensively using rare-breed cattle and occasional cutting. The nature reserve can be accessed from residential roads in Welwyn and by footpath from Oaklands, Potters Heath and the Codicote Road.

  • North end of Singlers MarshSinglers Marsh

    Singlers Marsh

    This wet meadow lies adjacent to the River Mimram on the northern edge of Welwyn. Managed by cattle grazing and cutting, it represents a rare habitat in Hertfordshire.

  • Howlands entrance to The CommonsThe Commons

    The Commons

    This delightful area lies around the southern boundaries of the QEII Hospital and has a range of habitats including oak woodland, calcareous fen, meadows, ditches and ponds.

  • River LeaStanborough Reed Marsh

    Stanborough Reed Marsh

    This small nature reserve lies at the south end of Stanborough Park and comprises mainly reed beds, sedge marsh and wet willow woodland, all rare habitats in Hertfordshire.

  • Winter in Howe DellHowe Dell

    Howe Dell

    A meandering stream lies at the bottom of a deeply incised valley clothed in woodland comprising mature hornbeam, oak and beech. This lovely woodland reserve lies between Woods Avenue and the railway line and access is via Howe Dell or Honeysuckle Gardens.

  • Path by Stream in OxleaseOxleys Wood

    Oxleys Wood

    This small woodland lies south of Deerswood Avenue and is important for its woodland plants.

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