Our recreational sites
Hounslow, South West London
We have transformed a decommissioned reservoir into an internationally important nature reserve.
Points of interest
Kempton is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for overwintering wildfowl, and is part of a European Special Protected Area and a Ramsar wetland of international importance.
The 50ha site features a lake, reedbeds, gravel flats, wet and dry grassland, islands created by a network of channels, wet, willow and birch woodland within the former reservoir basin.
The reserve path guides visitors from the car park around the site to viewpoints afforded by our three bird hides and reedbed boardwalk.
A recently installed composting toilet provides bathroom facilities and picnic benches make lovely spots for lunch.
Kempton attracts an impressive number and diversity of bird species for its suburban location, which use the site throughout the year for shelter, overwintering, and nesting.
In 1996 the nature reserve became the first inland site to record breeding avocet.
In past years, visitors to the site have been lucky enough to see species such as Great White Egret, Bittern, Spoonbill, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier and Osprey.
More regular birds include Green Sandpipers, Pochard, Grey Heron, Shoveler, Kestrel, Lapwing, Kingfisher, and Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
As well as birdlife visitors have a chance to see grass snakes, slow-worms, and a range of dragonflies, butterflies, moths and other invertebrates
Conservation work at the site was rewarded in the national 2002 British Trust for Ornithology bird challenge for business awards, when the reserve won the Wetland Sites Conservation award.
Access to Kempton Nature Reserve is restricted to members of our Friends scheme, to limit disturbance to wildlife and protect public from the open water bodies on site. For details of how to join:
However, Kempton welcomes visits from schools and community groups, as well as opening our gates once a year for an open day.
We offer free guided visits and education sessions linked to the National Curriculum or tailored to the group’s needs. These include learning about wetlands through pond dipping and exploring the reedbed, and discovering woodlands in our new outdoor classroom facility.
We also offer work experience placements, volunteering opportunities and team build activities.
How to get there
Kempton Nature Reserve is located to the east of Kempton Park Water Treatment Works in the London Borough of Hounslow, close to the London Borough of Richmond, Sunbury in Surrey and the start of the M3 motorway.
The reserve entrance is on the corner of Main Street in Hanworth, to the left of Lindon Bennet School. Sat nav users should use TW13 6ST.
For public transport take bus H25 from Feltham station towards Butts Farm. Alight at Dickenson Road or McCarthy Road.