operational updates

operational updates

Walthamstow Wetlands is a Thames Water operational site which serves 3.5 million people with drinking water. To ensure clean and safe drinking water, there will be times when maintenance works will need to be carried out onsite. To keep visitors safe, these works will occasionally affect the access to Walthamstow Wetlands and the various activities allowed onsite and there will be occasions when areas of the site will need to be closed. Whilst operational work is taking place onsite, we kindly ask visitors to take care and avoid entering the affected area.

Below you will find details on upcoming operational works that will be taking place at Walthamstow Wetlands. Please note, these dates are subject to change and we would ask all visitors to check back to this page for the most up to date information.


Due to annual kitchen maintenance works that need to be carried out, there will be no hot food served at the Walthamstow Wetlands cafe on Thursday 10th January. The cafe itself will still be open serving hot drinks and snacks. The kitchen will be open again as usual serving hot food on Friday 11th January. 


As a nature reserve, we have to occasionally limit access to certain areas to protect nesting birds or special wildlife habitats. Please stay on the marked paths and trails and look out for signs - they are there to protect both you and the wildlife.

Currently the path running along Reservoir 4 & 5 is closed. The Tufted Ducks are using these reservoirs to moult their flight feathers, an important process for migratory wildfowl. This is one of the reasons why we have closed the path so that disturbance to these birds is kept to a minimum as they are unable to fly away whilst moulting their feathers. 

As the breeding and nesting season has drawn to a close and chicks have fledged, the path running along Reservoir 1 has now re-opened to the public.


The bird hide on East Warwick Reservoir is currently being renovated by London Wildlife Trust volunteers.  We hope it will be re-opened again by Saturday 17th November. We apologise for any inconvenience caused however please do bear with us – when complete, the bird hide will provide a new and improved space to enjoy the wonderful birds of East Warwick Reservoir and it will also allow us to run ‘guide in a hide’ events throughout the year.