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Fairlop Waters London

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Site Details

Water activity centre, comprising one large boating lake (Canada Geese, Coots, Lapwings, hirundines) and one smaller fishing lake (Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Common Sandpiper). Surrounding area is a mix of open scrub with some thick areas of shrubs and trees, can be very wet underfoot during winter with standing pools (warblers, Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits, Reed Buntings, Snipe). There is also a golf course adjacent to the site which adjoins open fields (large flocks of Lapwings). To south of the main complex and golf course is a small fenced off nature reserve. Comprises a large well-vegetated pond (Pochard, Ruddy Duck) with thick tree and shrub cover around perimeter. Island also provides plenty of cover.

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Additional Site Details


Well signposted, particularly from A12 near Newbury Park.

Fairlop Station, Central Line, approximately 150 metres away from site.


Open all year, through main entrance, entrance near fishing pond closes at dusk


2 free car parks, one by complex the other at opposite end of main lake.


Toilets and refreshments available in the main complex.

Key Areas / Routes

Anywhere can turn up birds of interest, particularly around the small fishing pond and central scrub area

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