What you might see

Enjoy the bluebells in the spring.

In spring and summer spend some time watching the lake: look out for the hobby hunting dragonflies, the great crested grebe and its chicks – if you are lucky early in the season, you may be able to watch them displaying to their mate, endowing her with gifts of pond weed (who could resist!).

Enjoy the many dragonflies all around the reserve, but Black Hole is probably best. Watch for common lizards basking on the boardwalk. And wander round to Welch’s Common later on in a warm day and listen out for the chirping song of the field crickets, the sound of Mediterranean holidays!

Winter tends to be quieter but there are always plenty of ducks and coots on Burton Pond and sometimes bitterns will winter in the reeds around the edge.

golden-ringed dragonfly / Alan Price

golden-ringed dragonfly / Alan Price

News from Burton and Chingford Ponds

    • How to bowl a maiden over

      How to bowl a maiden over

      We are very excited to announce that following a concerted effort over a number of years to re-create suitable habitat for the Field Cricket, our Reserves Manager, Jane Willmott heard two singing males on the Warren at Burton and Chingford Ponds Local Nature Reserve.

    • Ponies at Burton Pond

      Ponies at Burton Pond

      ​Three Exmoor Ponies will be grazing Welch’s Common at Burton and Chingford Ponds from mid-April 2021 for 4-6 weeks.

    • Burton Pond fencing

      Burton Pond fencing

      Work will be carried out from mid-November until late December. and will entail some tree and scrub clearance along the fence line.

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