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Image: Nigel Blake
On a ridge overlooking the Thames Marshes, Northward Hill includes a lovely bluebell wood where nightingales sing in spring. Over 100 pairs of grey herons nest in the trees, with what is one of the UK's largest and most famous colonies of little egrets, whose numbers have increased year-on-year since they first nested here in 2000, reaching an amazing 93 pairs by 2007. The reserve also includes great swathes of flat marshes, where lapwings, redshanks, and avocets breed. In winter you can see wigeons and teals, buzzards, hen harriers and merlins. There are many miles of trails through to the Heronry Viewpoint and some of the most inspiring views of the Thames valley.
Open at all times.
Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.
Dogs are only allowed on the Saxon Shore Way and bridleways.