2. Delivering the Batford Springs LNR development plan

Themes: Ecology and management; Public engagement


  • Increase the amount and quality of in-channel, bankside and floodplain habitat
  • Increase public access to the river (visual and physical)

Project description

Batford Springs Local Nature Reserve is a 15 acre site that was designated a local nature reserve for the existence of the rare spring-fed freshwater habitat as well as ancient meadow, reedbed and wet woodland.

There are several key development projects proposed for the nature reserve over the next 3 years. All of these works will markedly enhance the historical aspects of Batford Springs, improve biodiversity and visitor experience along the course of the River Lea.

Chalk streams are one of the rarest habitats in the UK and as such the restoration of the network at Batford Springs is considered a priority for management. The following future activity is listed in order of priority and proposed completion:

  • A new HQ building for the Batford Springs Volunteers (Sep 2017)
  • Restoration of the chalk stream habitat (April 2018)
  • Creation of a reedfen habitat (April 2018)
  • Creation of a visitor boardwalk in the central wet woodland (April 2019)
  • Design and installation of new interpretation boards (Sep 2019)
  • An all-weather all ability surface applied to existing un-surfaced paths across the reserve (April 2020)


Project lead: Harpenden Town Council
Project partners: Harpenden Town Council, Batford Springs Local Volunteers, HMWT
Funding source: £150,000 to be secured
Project start: 2017
Project end: 2020
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Design by LTD Design Consultants and build by Garganey Consulting.