Waterford Heath

Waterford Heath nature reserve update

Waterford Heath

Waterford Heath

Below is the Winter 2014 newsletter from Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. If you’d like to see what they do, or get involved, you can visit their website here.


The soil covering the black barns foundations has been raked down to smooth the ground out. In addition the grass and goats rue on the south heath has been flail mowed by Lafarge Tarmac.

Volunteer works
There have been 3 work parties on the heath in the past 3 months. These have averaged around 6 volunteers each and have achieved the following:

  • A new bench has been installed in Great Molewood
  • A large section of scrub has been cut back on one of the prime Grizzled skipper areas on the south heath
  • All the paths on site have been cut back to provide better access
  • The whole site has been surveyed for dangerous trees
  • Work has started on making safe the trees identified in the survey
  • One of the kissing gates onto Sacombe road was repaired

Future Works
Some of the dangerous trees on site in Great Molewood will be dealt with by contractors. In addition, the volunteers will be carrying out the following tasks:

  • Further scrub will be removed from the grizzled skipper areas
  • The remaining dangerous tree works will be completed
  • A mink raft will be installed in the River Beane (still awaiting EA approval)

If you would like to get involved with the site please get in contact and I will put you in touch with the appropriate warden:

North Heath – Marcella Randall
South Heath – Andrew Wood
Great Molewood – Steve Kiln

Andy Brown
Reserves Officer HMWT
Mob: 07787 528804 Email: Andy.Brown@hmwt.org