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 Meadows
The Withey Beds

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

Satisfaction Surveys

Three Rivers District Council would like to know what visitors think of the Aquadrome, Chorleywood House Estate and Oxhey Woods.  Visitor opinions are very important and feedback helps to ensure that the Council works towards providing the quality and facilities expected by visitors.  Would you like to have your views heard?  Well now's your chance.  Complete the online surveys below and help the Council improve your local open space.  Paper copies of the survey are available upon request by phoning the Council on 01923 776611.  There is no closing date - results will be reviewed throughout the year and appropriate actions put in to place.

Aquadrome Survey

Chorleywood House Estate Survey

Oxhey Woods Survey

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-meadows.jpgPrestwick 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)

You can download the new five year Prestwick Road Meadows Local Nature Reserve Management Plan below. The new management plan replaces the old plan which has recently come to an end. The management plan was written in conjunction with the Countryside Management Service and covers several projects to enhance the site for both people and wildlife. One of the main aims of the management plan is to reduce the amount of scrub on site as it is slowly encroaching on the special wildflowers that can be found growing here. 

Prestwick Road Yr1 action plan extended (xlsx) and Prestwick Meadows, Green Space Action Plan (pdf)


The Withey Beds

The Withey Beds Local Nature Reserve is 7.7 hectares of one of a few remaining wetlands in Hertfordshire. 

This is only the second site in the country to be purchased using a Compulsory Purchase Order based on its wildlife value alone. It is particularly important as it supports a wide range of habitats including wet woodland, marsh, drier grassland and open ditches as well as the River Colne. withey-beds-1.jpg

Several projects have taken place since 2003 including converting an abandoned WWII pill box into a bat roost, making a living willow hide and installing a barn owl box.

A spider, which has not been reported in Hertfordshire since 1880, has been recorded at The Withey Beds. TRDC has received two prestigious Green Apple Awards for the environmental work that has taken place at The Withey Beds. Withey Beds Information leaflet - Issue 3 (pdf)

the-withey-beds-greenspace-action-plan-2019-2024.pdf (pdf)






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Local Nature Reserves