On this page we list some great places to visit in Hertfordshire to see wildlife this month. The articles below give details of the wildlife seen on specific dates with photographs and access information.

Tring Reservoirs for autumn migrant birds

Little Egrets at Tring Reservoirs © Mike Wallen

Best visited in August, September and October.

Wilstone and Startops reservoirs are superb place for waders and water birds such as these Little Egrets. At this time of year watch for autumn migrants and the first wintering birds, such as the Golden Plovers seen on 29 September. A star visitor was the Leach's Petrel seen on 28th.
Tring Reservoirs site guide

Waterford Heath, near Hertford

Large Red Damselfly © Steve Chilton

Best visited in May, June, July and August.

This nature reserve has been reclaimed from a former sand and gravel works. Its constantly changing landscape supports an abundance of floral and insect interest; including the scarce Grizzled Skipper butterfly and the Large Red Damselfly. The reserve is accessible at all times and conditions are generally easy.

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Marshalls Heath Nature Reserve, Wheathampstead

Common Blue © Steve Chilton

Best visited in May, June, July and August.

This small area of acid grass heath is remarkable for its biodiversity with over 1300 species of plants and animals recorded, including more than 40 on national lists of threatened species. It is a key site for butterflies, like this Common Blue.

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Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits near St Albans

Best visited in any month.

The Tyttenhanger area is one of the best places in Hertfordshire to see a wide variety of bird species, including wetland specialists. There is plenty of other wildlife around too.

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