Woodberry Wetlands sunset

Woodberry Wetlands sunset credit Penny Dixie

Common reed bunting

Common reed bunting credit Hadi El Adi

Woodbury Wetlands
Woodberry Wetlands

Woodberry Wetlands credit Penny Dixie

From 17th August 2020 running and jogging will no longer be allowed on site at Woodberry Wetlands. This is because it has proved impossible to maintain safe social distancing between runners and other visitors. Studies have also shown 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

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

Location

Woodberry Wetlands side entrance, Bethune Road.
London
N16 5HQ
A static map of Woodberry Wetlands

Know before you go

Size
12 hectares

Access

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.

Dogs

Guide dogs only

Facilities

Visitor centre
Toilets
Shop
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

When to visit

Opening times

Woodberry Wetlands is open daily from 9am to 4.30pm.


The Coal House Cafe is open from 9am with last orders taken at 4pm.

When visiting the reserve, please be aware of the following updates to our operations:

• Due to the guidelines changing for social distancing, we will not be using a one-way system at Woodberry
• Please respect the guidance to stay at least 2m where possible (1m if wearing a mask or face covering) from people not in your household while enjoying the reserve.

Coal House Café

In order to ensure that our staff and customers remain safe, there have been some changes to the Coal House Café service:

• Tables will be available outdoors only
• There will be a clearly signposted one-way system in the cafe building
• Only card and contactless payment will be accepted
• A slightly reduced but no less exciting food menu
• Wearing a mask (or other face covering) is not compulsory in the café but please do wear one if you wish
• If you are not wearing a mask we ask that you maintain a distance of 2m from others where possible
• If you are wearing a mask, the guidance currently states that 1m is acceptable

Thank you for bearing with us while we adjust to these new measures.

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. The nature reserve is now 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.

History of Woodberry Wetlands

The New River is a man-made waterway built in 1613 to bring clean water into London. Stoke Newington East and West Reservoirs were built in 1833 to hold water from the New River and supply drinking water for new homes in the area. From 1955 chlorine and sodium phosphate gas treatments to ‘purify’ the water in the reservoirs made the site hostile to wildlife. These treatments ceased by the 1980s and nature began to thrive. Proposals to sell off the East Reservoir for development in the late 1980s led to the successful Save the Reservoirs Campaign, which the Trust supported. The Wetlands vision, which grew from the Trust’s management of a community garden next to the East Reservoir, saw the East Reservoir transformed and opened to the public in 2016.  

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.   Facilities at Woodberry Wetlands A boardwalk from the west entrance leads visitors to the Coal House Café, where a roof terrace provides excellent views over the nature reserve. At the northern entrance the New River Studio provides classroom facilities. There are disabled toilets at both locations.    

Status of Woodberry Wetlands

Part of a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation  

Get involved at Woodberry Wetlands   

Record species you've spotted at Woodberry Wetlands

Book a school trip to Woodberry Wetlands

Find out more about hiring the New River Studio for a meeting

Find out more about hiring the New River Studio for a Birthday Party 

Book the New River Studio

Guided Tours at Woodberry Wetlands

Join our Nature Tots Forest School programme
 

Volunteer with the Woodberry Wetlands team

We usually have practical conservation volunteering sessions on Fridays and Saturdays, from 11am until 4pm. These are currently paused. For more information email: enquiries@wildlondon.org.uk