Seasonal path closure

Seasonal path closure

To minimise disturbance the path between Reservoirs 4/5 is closed between August – February 2020 for the wildfowl moulting and nesting season. 



Gadwall at Walthamstow Wetlands


Each year tufted ducks, pochard and gadwall gather to form large flocks on reservoirs 4 & 5 for the annual moult. Flight feathers are shed rendering the birds flightless so they select bodies of water that provide food, safety from predation and low levels of disturbance. Males leave breeding grounds in late July to begin their moult while the females remain on nests or with chicks. The females will join the moult flocks from late August. 

Tufted Duck at Walthamstow Wetlands

Tufted Duck

Visitors are able to complete a walking loop of the south side reservoirs 1, 2 and 3 by walking along the path straight over the bridge from the Engine House, towards the Coppermill Tower. These reservoirs are used for coarse fishing – please be aware of anglers and be respectful of their equipment.

Pochard at Walthamstow Wetlands


Keep an eye out for a range of wildlife including Peregrines, Reed Warbler, Little Egret and Common Terns. As autumn nears you may spot something more unusual like a Spotted Flycatcher or Willow Warbler which are heading to Africa to overwinter.

Views from 1,2,3 path at Walthamstow Wetlands

Views from 1,2,3 path

Thank you for keeping Walthamstow Wetlands a great place for wildlife!