Filming and Photography on our Nature Reserves

Filming and Photography on our Nature Reserves

Credit Mike Waller

Filming on our nature reserves

Our nature reserves have been used as locations by a wide range of media. The nature of requests vary widely and we are usually happy to accommodate them if possible as long as disturbance to wildlife can be kept to a minimum. 

We have 37 nature reserves across London. If you're not sure which of our reserves would best suit your requirements, you can use the contact form below to tell us more about what you are looking for, and we can advise what might suit best. 

Commercial filming and photography

A request to use one of our nature reserves, for commercial filming or photography, usually involves a location fee. The fee structure below is based on the scale of work and number of people involved. Each request will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis taking into account the impact of the filming on location and visitors and the perceived benefits to the Trust for participating in the filming. We reserve the right to charge for additional staff time on top of these agreed fees, should the filming operation require significant Trust involvement or overseeing. We reserve the right to refuse filming requests.


We receive a number of requests from film students and from charities. Depending on the nature of the request, we may be able to waive the location fee for these types of requests. However, you will still need to seek our permission before using one of reserves for this purpose. 

In all cases, photographers and film crews wishing to use nature reserves for location shoots should always seek permission - and stick to paths, ensuring plants are not trampled and wildlife is left undisturbed.

Location prices

Type of filming

Per hour 

Full day
(8 hrs)

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Commercial photography & video
(Fashion shoots, music videos, corporate videos etc.)
Dependent on film crew size.
Please enquire for hourly rate
+ £500 admin fee
Dependent on film crew size.
Please enquire for
daily rate + £500
admin fee

Feature films




Walthamstow Wetlands is a Thames Water operational site – all filming enquiries on Thames Water estate is managed by Locality Online. They deal with all requests from the enquiry stage through to working with Operations teams to ensure Thames Water Health and Safety standards are met.

Locality Online can be contacted on 0207 812 9144 or by email   

Please get in touch with your filming enquiry