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Totteridge Fields

Loved by bees, this patch of traditional English countryside within London’s leafy northern fringe teems with life every spring and summer

Part of one of London's last remaining tracts of traditional countryside, Totteridge Fields and its environs are a beautiful place for a spring or summer walk.

Ancient hay meadows are criss-crossed by old hawthorn and blackthorn hedgerows, marked by veteran oak boundary trees. Bright with blossom in spring, these provide excellent nesting and feeding sites for birds.

The fields are dotted with colour in summer, when grasses and flowers bloom. Butterflies are abundant, and sedges can be found in the ditches that provide valuable shelter for amphibians.

 

Species you can see at Totteridge Fields

Birds: Kestrel, blue tit, great tit, long-tailed tit, whitethroat, garden warbler, great-spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, bullfinch, pheasant.

Invertebrates: Five-spotted burnet, chimney sweeper moth, orange-tip butterfly.

Mammals: Stoat, noctule bat

Plants: Sneezewort, watercress, great burnetbog stitchwort, meadowsweet, black knapweed, buttercup.

 

History of Totteridge Fields

Part of a wider patchwork of meadows and hedgerows that are a relict of what's termed 'ancient countryside', Totteridge Fields once produced hay for London’s horse-traffic. In the early 1990s the three fields were proposed to become a cemetery, which was opposed by local people, and this led to the site coming under the Trust’s management from 1993. The hay is no longer cut and baled for dray horses but the fields are now grazed by local cattle.

 

Management of Totteridge Fields

The Trust manages three of the 30 fields of the Totteridge Fields complex, leasing them from Barnet Council. Traditional hay-cutting methods are used, with volunteers mowing alternative areas each year to help conserve the richly diverse plant and invertebrate population. This work is supplemented by conservation grazing with traditional breeds of cattle, first introduced in 2014. Further works are undertaken to maintain the pond and ditches in the lower wetter parts of the reserve. 

 

Facilities at Totteridge Fields

There are no public facilities at the reserve.

 

How to get to Totteridge Fields

The main entrance is in Hendon Wood Lane next to the Old Cholmelian Sports Club. There are two other entrances; one at the junction of Hendon Wood Lane and Totteridge Common and the other in the site’s north-east corner, accessed via the London Outer Orbital Path which runs along the northern boundary. The 251 bus stops in Totteridge Common, and the nearest station is Totteridge and Whetstone (Northern line) a half-hour walk away.

Totteridge Fields

 

Opening times for Totteridge Fields

Open at all times.

 

Accessibility at Totteridge Fields

Both entrances are via kissing gates. There are no steps or slopes. Footpaths are mainly unsurfaced. The nearest street parking is in The Ridgeway.

 

Status of Totteridge Fields

Part of a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, Metropolitan Green Belt, Local Nature Reserve.

 

Get involved at Totteridge Fields 

 

Nearby nature reserves

Mill Hill Old Railway
2 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Oak Hill Wood
4 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Hilfield Park Reservoir
4 miles - Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Hendon Wood Lane
Barnet
London
NW7 4HR
Map reference
TQ223940
Great for...
Insect spotting
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
6.80 hectares
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle
Reserve manager
Diane Murphy
Tel: 07974155336
enquiries@wildlondon.org.uk

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