Walthamstow BioBlitz : Water Voles on the Marshes

Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Water voles on the Marshes
Walthamstow and Leyton Marshes
Lea Bridge Road
E10 7QL

Friday, 26 April 2019
13.00 – 14.30

Walthamstow BioBlitz : Water Voles on the Marshes

Water Voles were once common across Britain but have undergone serious decline throughout the last century due largely to the loss and degradation of their wetland habitats and the spread of the American Mink. Here in the Lee Valley we still have good populations on a number of sites.

Join staff from Lee Valley Regional Park for a walk through one of their strongholds at Walthamstow Marshes for a chance to learn more about these charismatic little mammals and the work that is being carried out to protect them and their habitats.

We will search for their telltale signs along the network of ditches and if we're lucky we might even see one, or at least hear the 'plop' when they see us first!

This event is part of a series of nature walks where participants will be encouraged to record their wildlife sightings and contribute to the London City Nature Challenge 2019.  

Essential info

  • The meeting point for this walk will be Walthamstow Marshes - E10 7QL, Lea Bridge Road

  • If you have a pair of binoculars bring them along

  • The site may be wet underfoot so please wear wellies or waterproof boots

  • We would advise that this event is suitable for adults and interested children from 8+ are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult

  • There is ample parking at Lee Valley Ice Centre. Please note car parking charges apply

  • Due to steps and steep slopes you will need to be reasonably mobile to follow the route

  • If possible please download the FREE iNaturalist app in advance so you can record your observations over the weekend.

Getting here

By train: the nearest stations are Clapton on the Liverpool Street line (10 minutes walk) or Lea Bridge station, located between Stratford and Tottenham Hale (5 minutes walk)

By bus: routes 48, 55 and 56 stop on Lea Bridge Road (outside Lee Valley Ice Centre)

By car: there is a large car park at Lee Valley Ice Centre, just off Lea Bridge Road, or at Coppermill Lane


There is no need to book, just simply turn up!


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