Woodberry Wetlands

Woodberry Wetlands sunset

Woodberry Wetlands sunset credit Penny Dixie

Common reed bunting

Common reed bunting credit Hadi El Adi

Woodbury Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands water and skyline view

Woodberry Wetlands credit Penny Dixie

A working reservoir in Manor House, closed to the public for almost 200 years, is now a beautiful urban wetland nature reserve.

It's a thriving habitat for migratory birds and is one of the Trust’s top visitor attractions. Hedgerows and wildflowers line the banks of the reservoir, while newly-created reedbed extensions provide a wetland haven for waterfowl.


Woodberry Wetlands side entrance, Bethune Road.
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A static map of Woodberry Wetlands

Know before you go

12 hectares

Walking trails

Please note that as of August 2020 running and jogging will no longer be allowed on-site, studies show that running or jogging is far more disruptive to wildlife than walking. You are free to run along the New River Path [on the other side of the river] and in nearby Clissold Park and Finsbury Park. 


There are two entrances, one on the New River Path from Lordship Road and one at Newnton Close. Manor House Underground Station (Piccadilly line) is a five-minute walk from the west entrance and Stamford Hill station a five-minute walk from the northern entrance. Buses 253, 254, 259, and 279 stop in nearby Seven Sisters Road.

Access is level into the reserve, with no steep gradients on the main wheelchair-accessible path that leads from the main entrance to the Coal House, and then on to the New River Studio. Seating is provided at various points around the route. Disabled parking bays are available outside each entrance.


Guide dogs only
Guide dogs and Assistance dogs only


Visitor centre
Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

All gates are now open between 9am – 4.30pm

Best time to visit

March to November

About the reserve

Woodberry Wetlands was opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2016, having previously been known as Stoke Newington East Reservoir. The wetlands are the result of a proposal by the Trust to enhance the reservoir for wildlife and open it up so people can access a high quality, natural space in a densely built-up environment.

Find out about the history of Woodberry Wetlands here


Management of Woodberry Wetlands

Woodberry Wetlands is managed by a volunteering team who help maintain reedbeds, grassland and hedgerows through regular conservation volunteering workdays. A programme of wildlife monitoring and surveys is also undertaken.   

We have practical conservation volunteering sessions on Fridays and Saturdays, from 11am until 4pm. For more information please email wwvolunteering@wildlondon.org.uk

Status of Woodberry Wetlands

Part of a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation  

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Woodberry Wetlands was opened to the public in 2016. The site is owned by Thames Water and managed by London Wildlife Trust.