Local Nature Reserves

There are six Local Nature Reserves which are owned and managed by Three Rivers District Council. 

OW - Volunteers.jpgRickmansworth Aquadrome
Chorleywood House Estate
Croxley Common Moor
Oxhey Woods
Prestwick Road Medows
Withey Beds

Regular volunteer days and children's activities, take place at each of the Local Nature Reserves. For more information contact Kay FitzGerald on 01923 776611 or e-mail

The Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve

Chorleywood House Estate Local Nature Reserve

Croxley Common Moor Local Nature Reserve

Oxhey Woods

The Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers work with the Council and the Countryside Management Service to help keep Oxhey Woods special. 

The Oxhey Woods Conservation Volunteers hold regular volunteer days and everyone is welcome to lend a helping hand. 

Prestwick Road Meadows

Prestwick Road MeadowsPrestwick Road Meadows Local Nature Reserve is a remnant of old farm meadows in South Oxhey. The ancient hedgerows that separated the fields can still be seen today.

More than 97% of flower rich hay meadows and pastures have been lost since the 1940s and this is one of the few meadows that has survived untouched.

Summer is the best time to see Prestwick Road Meadow in flower, although the seasonal pond can be a hive of activity with tadpoles, frogs, herons, butterflies and dragonflies.

Prestwick Road Meadows Leaflet (pdf)

The Withey Beds

The Withey Beds LNR Draft Management Plan 2014-2019 (pdf)

Joanna Swan, a local resident, has been visiting The Withey Beds for many years and back on 4 April 1980 she and her late husband, Allan, made a recording of the dawn chorus at the site. Joanna has very kindly allowed the Council to make the recording available for everyone to enjoy. To listen to the sound of the birds waking up at The Withey Beds click on the link to download the file.


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