Woodberry Wetlands Nature Reserve

Woodberry Wetlands

Wooberry 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

Thanks to our generous supporters, plus Berkeley Group UK and Hackney Council's match funding, the total raised in our recent appeal met the yearly cost to keep Woodberry open.  You can still donate - any further donations will still go directly to keep Woodberry open beyond this year.

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Help keep Woodberry Wetlands open

We want to keep this valuable space open

Woodberry Wetlands is a haven for wildlife and people in Hackney: 11 hectares of reed-fringed ponds and dykes, always free and accessible to everyone. The reserve is five minutes’ walk from the densely built-up areas of Manor House, Stoke Newington and Woodberry Down. The contrast between the surrounding tower blocks and the wild wetland habitat with old oak trees is almost unbelievable. 

The nature reserve is free to visit every day of the week, it offers great opportunities for people to enjoy nature in the heart of London. There is also a café to enjoy refreshments and plenty of activities for all. 

Coronavirus update

Daily opening hours from 9am to 4.30pm.

The Coal House Cafe is open from 9am and last orders are at 4pm.

The Coal House Cafe

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

Latest news and events from Woodberry Wetlands

About the nature reserve

Red-veined Darter at woodberry wetlands

Red-veined Darter at Woodberry Wetlands credit Chris Farthing


Woodberry Wetlands supports lots of species throughout the year, from wintering populations of pochard, shoveler, tufted and gadwall ducks, to reed warbler and bunting who have migrated from Africa for spring and summer.

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Coal House Cafe

The Coal House at Woodberry Wetlands credit Penny Dixie

Coal House Café

The stylish Grade II Listed Coal House, built in 1833, was recently restored to its original grandeur in conjunction with the opening of London Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve in May 2016. This former coal house and kitchen situated on the most westerly side of the site now operates as a celebrated café and visitor centre and benefits from a rooftop patio, waterside terrace and sizeable garden.

Woodberry Wetlands historical photograph


Prior to the building of the new river and reservoirs, the Woodberry Down area was in fact not a wetland at all! On the crest of a hill, the area is rather known confusingly known as ‘down land’, hence the name Woodberry Down.

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Activities at Woodberry Wetlands

Willowbrook Primary School at Woodberry Wetlands

Willowbrook Primary School at Woodberry Wetlands credit James Cracknell

School Visits

Schoolchildren can go minibeast hunting, pond dipping, and take part in wildlife habitat walks. Our outdoor learning projects are developed in close dialogue with schools to ensure activities are linked to the national curriculum.

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Boy searching for bugs using magnifying glass

David Tipling

Nature Tots Forest Schools

Let your children find their wild side! Join us at Nature Tots for 18 month – 5 year olds.

Nature Tots is a Forest School programme for pre-school children age 18 months to 5 years. We engage and inspire young people and their carers to connect with nature through hands-on outdoor activities around wildlife.

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Family learning event at Kidbrooke

Credit Hayley Bray

Family Activities

If you and your family want to learn more about the wildlife around you in London, join us at Woodberry Wetlands for Wonderful Wildlife Weekends. These sessions are jam-packed with fun activities.

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Fireside sounds

Evening Events

Join us for a magical evening listening to live music or crafting at Woodberry Wetlands.

These events are designed for adults. Profits from these events are invested into London Wildlife Trust’s conservation work and the ongoing care of its nature reserves.

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Volunteer at Woodberry Wetlands

Do you want to connect with nature at Woodberry Wetlands? There are lots of different ways to get involved from one-off events to regular volunteering sessions.

For Wild Woodberry corporate volunteering days, please click here.

Practical conservation at Woodberry Wetlands

Credit Penny Dixie

Conservation & Warden Volunteers

We have practical conservation volunteering sessions from Friday to Monday, from 11 am until 4 pm. You'll be involved in the practical maintenance of the site which can include tasks such as managing the reed bed, the hedgerows and meadows.

If you’re not so inclined to heavy physical work but still keen to help us out, you can volunteer as a Warden.

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School Group at Woodberry Wetlands

Education Volunteers

Our learning volunteers are vital to help run our formal and informal wildlife sessions for people of all ages.

You will learn how to deliver successful environmental learning programmes and have the opportunity to shadow experienced staff until you become confident to lead sessions (or parts of lessons) on your own.

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Private Hire

Drinks reception Woodberry Wetlands

Drinks reception Woodberry Wetlands

Hire a space at Woodberry Wetlands

The green and peaceful setting and proximity to the City make this an ideal location to host parties and celebrations, wedding receptions, launches, talks and meetings. 

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Practical Conservation at Woodberry Wetlands

London Wildlife Trust could not open Woodberry Wetlands without the generous support of a wide range of trusts and foundations, lottery distributors, landfill funders and other grant-making bodies. We are immensely grateful to our supporters, whether large or small, who help continue to make Woodberry Wetlands a reality:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Thames Water
  • Berkeley Homes
  • People’s Postcode Lottery
  • Association for Industrial Archaeology
  • UPS
  • Genesis Wellbeing Fund
  • Manor House Development Trust/Big Lottery Fund
  • Michael Marks Charitable Trust
  • Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • Veolia Environmental Trust

To find out more about how your organisation could support further work at Woodberry Wetlands, please contact our Grants Team