Watercress Wildlife Site

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    The River Ver in the Watercress Wildlife Site

    Watercress Wildlife Site is a 1.2-hectare (3.0-acre) Local Nature Reserve in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England. It is owned by St Albans City Council[1][2] and managed by the Watercress Wildlife Association, a registered charity. The boundaries of the site are the Alban Way, the River Ver and the houses of Riverside Road.[3]

    Until 1972 the site was one of the many commercial watercress beds in the area. It was then used partly as allotments, with fly tipping in some areas. In 1991 the council leased the site to the Watercress Wildlife Association, which cleared the site to become a nature reserve and gradually took over the allotments.[4]

    The site has a wide variety of wildlife, including water rails, kingfishers, little grebes and muntjac deer.[1]

    Facilities

    There is access from the junction of Riverside Road and Cornwall Road. Facilities include a hide, seating area and information board.

    See also

    The Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust has a reserve at Lemsford Springs, Lemsford, which is also a former watercress bed.

    References

    1. ^ a b "Watercress Wildlife Site". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
    2. ^ "Map of Watercress Wildlife Site". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
    3. ^ "About the WWA". Watercress Wildlife Association. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
    4. ^ "History". Watercress Wildlife Association. Retrieved 28 June 2015.

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    Coordinates: 51°44′37″N 0°19′58″W / 51.7436°N 0.3328°W / 51.7436; -0.3328