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.

Therfield Heath Royston for Pasque Flowers

Pasque Flowers © Steve Chilton

Best visited in March and April.

Pasque flower, Hertfordshire's county flower blooms in late March/early April at Therfield Heath near Royston. Steve Chilton visited for a photoshoot on 5 April 2009. Commenting on the scene Steve said ‘They are a magnificent sight, I took over a hundred photos, the one shown is a favourite.'.

Templewood Vale, Welwyn Garden City for Cowslips

Cowslips © Linda Smith

Best visited in April and May.

Car parking in Monkswood or at Shoplands off Knightsfield, or walk through Sherrardspark Wood and enjoy the Bluebells too.

Cowslips can be seen on many roadside verges and field margins too.

King's Meads Nature Reserve, near Ware

Crosswort © Steve Chilton

Best visited in April, May and June.

King's Meads is the largest area of grazed riverside flood meadow in Hertfordshire. Steve Chilton visited on 27 May 2009 and photographed some of the lovely spring flowers, including this Crosswort. King's Meads is also one of the top sites for dragonflies in the County.

PDF icon Download report

Hitch Wood, near Hitchin for bluebells

Bluebell wood

Best visited in April and May.

Bluebells are in bloom in late April/early May at Hitch Wood. The waymarked Bluebell Walk starts at the car park on the B651 south of Hichin [TL198239]. The walk winds through the woods and there are several benches where you can relax and admire the sheets of bluebells under the oak trees.

Stocking Springs Wood, Ayot St Lawrence

Wild daffodils © Linda Smith

Best visited in March, April and May.

This small wood is managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust as traditional Hornbeam coppice. At our visit on 31 March 2014 it was alive with clumps of our tiny native Wild Daffodils, Wood Anemones and Violets. These will be followed by sheets of Bluebells in Late April and May.
How to get there, on the B653 from Wheathamstead to Codicote, about 2km along the lane on the left, parking in the lay-by opposite. Grid Ref, TL 202 155. Access at all times, there is a good circular path.

Hoddesdon Park Wood for Wood Anemones

Wood Anemones © Linda Smith

Best visited in April, May and June.

One of Hertfordshire's most beautiful woods, resplendent with a green and white carpets of Wood Anemones in mid-April.

Enter the wood along Ermine Street, off road parking at Goose Green to the north (TL347087) or Danemead to the south (TL347077).

The wood is owned by the Woodland Trust and has a good network of paths.

Note there are no Bluebells in Hoddesdon Park wood.

Sherrardspark Wood, Welwyn Garden City for Bluebells

Bluebells © Linda Smith

Best visited in April and May.

The main area of bluebells is in the northern part of the woods. Car park in Rectory Road (off the B197 opposite the Red Lion) [228142] or Pentley Park near Templewood School [235142]. Access at all times, good network of paths and seats. Woodland with mature oaks and lots of birds too.

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.

PDF icon Download report