Birdwatching and Wildlife

The best birdwatching is provided by the wetland habitats of the Thames, especially the estuary, and the flooded gravel pits by it and its tributaries, many of which are dedicated nature reserves with facilities. Otherwise, the woodland, heaths and parks the network passes through will provide wildlife spotting opportunities. The deer parks are marked^.

Top eight earn asterisks:

  1. *Arc 1: Amwell Nature Reserve, Lee Valley Country Park
  2. Arc 2a: Walthamstow marshes
  3. Arc 2b: Mudchute Farm
  4. *Arc 3: Thames estuary S; Woolwich to Dartford
  5. Arc 4: Lullingstone Country Park
  6. Arc 7: North Downs, Ranmore to Shere
  7. Arc 8b: Chobham Heath
  8. Spoke 1N: Broxbourne woods NNR
  9. Spoke 1E: Turkey Brook path
  10. Spoke 6-7: Bushey Park^
  11. Spoke 7 link: Bedfont lakes
  12. *Spoke 7a & Arc 9: Windsor Great Park (Virginia Water)^
  13. *Spoke 8 S & Arc 9: Jubilee River
  14. Spoke 8 link: Slough Arm Canal
  15. Spoke 8N: Langley and Black parks, Burnham Beeches
  16. Spoke 8-10: Colne Valley Park (Denham and Rickmansworth)
  17. *Spin-off 1-2-3: Ingrebourne valley (Essex Wildfowl Trust)
  18. Spin-off 2: Weald Country Park^
  19. *Spin-off 3: Thames estuary N: Rainham to Tilbury (Purfleet RSPB)
  20. *Spin-off 4: Thames estuary S; Dartford to Gravesend (Botany Marsh)
  21. Spin-off 5: Kentish Weald (Knowle Deer Park)^
  22. *Spin-off 9: Basingstoke Canal
  23. Spin-off 11: Ashridge Estate