Pond dipping at Camley Street Natural Park 

Pond dipping at Camley Street Natural Park 

Camley Street aerial

Camley Street aerial credit Mathew Frith 

Snake's head fritillary at Camley Street

Snake's head fritillary at Camley Street credit Joe Richomme

Camley Street Natural Park

Camley Street Natural Park in King's Cross is temporarily closed to the public in order to prepare for the construction of a new visitor and learning centre. It will reopen in early 2020.

Location

12 Camley Street
London
N1C 4PW
A static map of Camley Street Natural Park

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Grazing animals

No

Access

The entrance, area around the new visitor centre at the northern end of the nature reserve and main path down to the pond dipping platorm will have accessible surfaces, whilst other footpaths around the site are surfaced in woodchip. The visitor centre will be fully accessible and will include an accessible toilet. Two changing places toilets are located within a short distance from the nature reserve at: Camden Leisure, 5 St Pancras Square and King's Cross Station.

Steep steps with handrails at the southern end of the site lead to the viewpoint on the canal.

No visitor parking available but drop-offs can be made by arrangement. Camley Street has double yellow lines on both sides.

Dogs

Guide dogs only

Facilities

Visitor centre
Toilets
Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Camley Street Natural Park is currently closed to the public in order to prepare for the construction of a new visitor and learning centre. The reserve is then due to reopen fully in 2020.

Best time to visit

April to August

About the reserve

The old visitor centre and adjoining buildings were demolished in autumn 2018. Construction of the new visitor and learning centre is on the way with the park due to reopen in 2020.

During the construction period, much-needed habitat enhancement works will also take place, including desilting the ponds, enhancing the wildflower meadow and improving the wetland and reedbed areas. We will also improve access to the nature reserve. We aim to improve Camley Street Natural Park as a whole, for both wildlife and people.

Our staff and volunteers will carry out activities throughout this period of construction, contributing reserve management and habitat enhancement work.  There will be opportunities to see the progress on site through 'behind the scenes' tours and guided walks when the construction schedule allows us to do so safely.

For more information on the improvements being made, please see our press release London Wildlife Trust awarded £1million to transform the wild heart of King’s Cross.

Camley Street Natural Park is a unique urban nature reserve, surrounded by significant new development in a bustling part of central London - between King's Cross and St Pancras. The woodland, grassland and wetland habitats including ponds, reedbed and marshy areas, provide a rich habitat for birds, butterflies, amphibians and plant life, while a visitor centre caters for the thousands who visit annually. The reserve provides additional habitat along Regent’s Canal, with enhancements being made to soften the canal banks through installation of wildlife islands and marginal aquatic plants to provide habitat for birds, fish, and aquatic invertebrates.  

Support Camley Street with a Wildlife Plaque 

We will be creating a wildlife supporters’ wall on the outside of the visitor centre. A plaque is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, wedding, new baby, anniversary, or to remember a loved one, whilst also supporting the future of Camley Street.

Find out more here.

History of Camley Street Natural Park

The site was once a coal drop for the railways into nearby King’s Cross Railway Station, which was demolished in the 1960s. It had been colonised by nature so the Trust ran a campaign to save the site from development and instead create a nature reserve; Camley Street Natural Park opening in 1985.  

Management of Camley Street Natural Park

As visitor numbers increase care is taken to protect the reserve’s wild spaces and ensure nature is allowed to thrive through careful management of paths and habitats from trampling and disturbance.  

Status of Camley Street Natural Park

Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation, Local Nature Reserve  

Volunteer with Camley Street's team

Despite the site closure, practical conservation still continues to be carried out by staff. The team runs volunteering days on Thursdays and Fridays, and induction sessions once a month. Contact Karolina Leszczynska-Gogol for more information: klgogol@wildlondon.org.uk or 020 3897 6150. 
 

Contact us

Karolina Leszczynska-Gogol
Contact number: 020 7833 2311

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)