Please note! Camley Street Natural Park is getting a brand new Visitor Centre. The park is currently closed during building works and will re-open early 2020. You’ll find more information here.
Camley Street Natural Park is a wonderful urban nature reserve – two acres of wild green space in one of the most densely populated parts of London. In fact, once in the park, it’s hard to believe that you are next to one of the busiest rail interchanges in the country.
Camley Street was created from an old Coal Yard back in 1984 and is run by the London Wildlife Trust. It is the perfect spot for kids to explore and find out more about wildlife and the natural environment, with ponds, wetlands, woodland and meadow habitats all found within the park.
The reserve is home to geese, mallards, coots and herons, a number of rabbits, bats, amphibians, fish and insects, not to mention a rich variety of plant life and rare fungi.
The Trust runs more than 150 family-friendly activities and events throughout the year such as bird box making, wildlife workshops, guided walks, pond dipping, bug hunting, and wildlife arts and crafts.
At the Camley Street visitor centre you can discover more about the area and the conservation work that goes into running the park. The centre also runs schools visits.
An unmissable element of Camley Street Natural Park is Viewpoint, a floating platform with peepholes at different heights to let children look out over the canal and its wildlife. Hidden from view, see if you can spot swans and moorhens, or if you’re really lucky, you might just catch a glimpse of a colourful kingfisher looking for his lunch.