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Battersea Park Nature Areas
LNR Type: Urban
County: Greater London
Natural England
Regional Team:
East of England
Year of Declaration: 1993
Declaring Authority: Borough of Wandsworth
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Grid Reference: TQ 285 773 TQ 286 774
Location: Battersea Park, London. SW11
Owned by: London Borough of Wandsworth
Managed by: London Borough of Wandsworth
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: By train - two closest: Battersea Park BR and Queenstown Road BR both with a short walk along Queenstown Road. Clapham Junction BR with a short taxi ride or 319 bus to Battersea Bridge Road or 344 to Battersea Park Road. Victoria BR and a short taxi ride or 239 bus to Chelsea Embankment. By tube - Sloane Square then short taxi ride or 137 bus to Queenstown Road or 319 to Battersea Bridge Road.
By bus - East of park (Queenstown Road) 137 bus. West of park (Battersea Bridge Road) buses 19, 49, 319, 345, N19 and N31. South of park (Battersea Park Road) buses 44, 344 and N44.
Visitor facilities: The reserves sits within Battersea Park - a map is available from the park office (Mon - Fri 9-5) showing the exact locations of the nature reserves. An all ability footpath goes through the Wilderness area. The Meadow has a central flat path and a circular boundary route that goes up and down slopes.
The Chelsea car park is close to both reserves.
Toilets are available on North Carriage Drive.
There is a tea kiosk and cafe in the park. Many events happen in the wider park including an annual Grey Heron Day in March/April to look at nesting herons on the main park lake.
The Friends of Battersea Park occasionally host guided walks.
What to see: The Wilderness is a linear plantation with four glades and a pond. The Meadow has a circular belt of mixed woodland and scrub surrounding a managed meadow area.
Both sites support a range of woodland bird species including blackcap and bullfinch. Invertebrates include 20 species of butterfly including white letter hairstreak. stag beetles and lesser stag beetles can frequently be seen in May. Particularly notable species of invertebrates include the flower bug (Anthocoris minkii), the lilly beetle (Lilioceris lilii) and the nationally notable hoverfly Volucella zonaria.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: The Friends of Battersea Park.
Use the online enquiry form
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Principal Parks Officer, Parks Office,
Battersea Park,
Tel. 020 8871 7019 or
or try
Wandsworth Council,
General enquiries 020 8871 6000

Website address and other links:
alternatively try and search for BatterseaPark Nature Areas Local Nature Reserve

Last updated 01/03/12
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