A green oasis created by intersecting railway lines, saved from development and managed for wildlife and people
This wet woodland nature reserve was saved from development in the early 1980s and then enhanced by the creation of ponds and acid grassland areas.
Birds and small mammals take advantage of the sheltered birch and willow while walkways and footpaths help guide visitors around this wild oasis in Chiswick.
Species you can see at Gunnersbury Triangle
History of Gunnersbury Triangle
Abandoned allotments on railway land which had grown into woodland were at risk of development in 1981. But a campaign led by local people, supported by London Wildlife Trust and the (former) Greater London Council, ensured the area between the railway tracks was protected at a landmark planning inquiry in 1983. The land was given to Hounslow Council, and the Trust invited to manage it as a nature reserve. After work to make it more accessible for visitors, the site opened to the public in 1985. Both Hounslow and Ealing councils, on whose boundary the site sits, later designated the Triangle as a Local Nature Reserve.
Facilities at Gunnersbury Triangle
There is a toilet at the reserve entrance which is open when a staff member is present (usually normal working hours). Seating and interpretation boards are dotted around the reserve’s nature trail.
How to get to Gunnersbury Triangle
The entrance is across the road from Chiswick Park Station (District line). Bus number 440 also stops by the entrance, while services 27, 237, 267, 391 and H91 stop on nearby Chiswick High Road.
Opening times for Gunnersbury Triangle
The reserve is open at all times.
Accessibility at Gunnersbury Triangle
There are gentle sloping footpaths made from natural material, as well as anti-slip decked walkways, but the terrain can be uneven in other places and because there are steep steps wheelchair users will not be able to access all areas of the reserve. There is neighbouring street parking available.
Status of Gunnersbury Triangle
Site of Metropolitan Importance, Local Nature Reserve
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Species and habitats
- Grassland, Ponds, Woodland
- Hedgehog, Field Vole, Green Woodpecker, Stag Beetle, Azure damselfly, Sparrowhawk, Turkey Tail, Noctule Bat, Hogweed, Ragwort, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Smooth Newt, Common Frog, Broom, Ivy bee, Wood Mouse, Common Pipistrelle, Speckled Wood, Blackcap, Comma, Orange-tip, Common Toad