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Camley Street Natural Park

Two unique acres of wild green space right in the heart of London, this innovative and internationally acclaimed reserve on the banks of the Regent's Canal is a place for both people and wildlife.

Camley Street Natural Park was created from an old coal yard back in 1984. It sits in the middle of King’s Cross, alongside the sparkling new Eurostar station at St Pancras

It is popular with all kinds of people seeking respite from the buzz of the city around them, as well as being a hub for London Wildlife Trust volunteers. Individuals are welcome to drop in during opening hours.

The reserve has a visitor centre and provides natural habitat for birds, butterflies, amphibians and a rich variety of plant life.

The Camley Street Natural Park team are the Capital Growth Local Lead for Camden and we are encouraging any new food growing spaces in Camden to sign up as members of Capital Growth.

Watch a short film A day in the life of Camley Street Natural Park - produced by Greengage Films and co-produced by Environment Films.

 

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Creating a bold new centre of excellence

The buildings and much of the infrastructure at Camley Street Natural Park are now 30 years old and will have to be replaced in the very near future. London Wildlife Trust is seeking funding to help us maintain Camley Street as one of London's most iconic nature reserves. Read more: Camley Street Natural Park: Creating a bold new centre of excellence

Habitats you will see at Camley Street Natural Park

Pond, meadow and woodland. We also have adopted a section of the Regent's Canal through the Wildlife on your Waterways project, where you will find a mix or natural and urban habitats, and created a Floating Forest Garden displaying wildlife friendly food growing techniques.

Species you might spot at Camley Street

Rare earthstar fungus; reed warbler, kingfisher, various geese, mallard, and reed bunting; various bats.

If you spot these or any other species, please submit your wildlife sightings to Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL) to help build a picture of London's nature!

Planned Closure

Saturday December 20th 2014 site closed all day for private event, the site will be open as usual on Sunday December 21st at 10 am.

Festive Season opening times

Camley street Natural Park will be closed from December 24th 2014 until January 4th 2015 opening as normal on January 5th 2015 at 10am

School visits

We have over twenty year's experience teaching children outside the classroom, giving kids brilliant hands-on experiences. London Wildlife Trust's nature reserves are perfect for school trips and we offer a variety of packages to schools. From teaching resources, wildlife lessons and green events to consultations and school grounds enhancement.

Costs

Centre-led visits: £120 for a 1½ hour session 10.30am - 12.00pm or 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Self-led visits: £30 per visit (times flexible)

For more information please email camleyst@wildlondon.org.uk or call 0207 833 2311

Booking Camley Street Natural Park

Camley Street is a unique space in the central London where we run outdoor learning sessions all year round. using hands-on, curriculum-linked activities to ensure children receive an unique and memorable learning experience.

We are also available to hire for meetings and parties.

For more information on education sessions and site hire, please take a look at our bookings page

To see if there are any events coming up at this reserve, take a look at our event listings.

Get Involved

There are several projects running from Camley Street Natural Park which you can get involved with - find out more on our volunteering page.

Site status

Site of Metropolitan Importance, Local Nature Reserve

Nearby nature reserves

Mortimer Terrace
2 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Stoke Newington East Reservoir Community Garden: temporary closure
3 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Willow Farm Wood Nature Reserve
3 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

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Reserve information

Location
12 Camley Street
London
Greater London
N1C 4PW
Map reference
TQ 299 834
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Apr - Aug
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
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Opening Times
Winter 10am-4pm, all week. Summer 10am-5pm, all week.
Facilities
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Toilets
Size
0.80 hectares
Access
Yes

Email camleyst@wildlondon.org.uk
Parking
No parking on site at any time.
Dogs
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
No
Reserve manager
Joanne Mould
Tel: 020 7833 2311
jmould@wildlondon.org.uk

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