WaterWorks & Middlesex Filter Beds

Get back to nature in the city! Just off the busy Lea Bridge Road, the Waterworks Nature Reserve is a wild oasis where you can see all sorts of rare birds, plants and bugs in their natural habitat. A short stroll away, the Middlesex Filter Beds has even more wildlife, an interesting history, some very cool artworks and other surprises. The visitor centre has plenty of info about the wildlife and history of the reserve and the filter beds.

Where is it?

Lammas Road, London
The Middlesex Filter Beds are nearby, next to the River Lea.
E10 7QB
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Good to know

You can download resources online.

Wow fact

In 1852 London suffered its worst-ever outbreak of cholera, a deadly disease caused by drinking dirty water. The Middlesex Filter Beds were built to help give Londoners clean water and make sure the epidemic never happened again.

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Things to do

Get up close to wildlife in one of London’s biggest bird hides. Go minibeast hunting. Jump on and off the giant stones.

What we did: Year 5 Hazel, Rushmore Primary School

We visited the nature reserve and filter beds with photographers Gideon
and Crispin. They talked to us about what makes a really good photo.
Then we went off to explore, taking our own photos of the things we
discovered. We met park ranger Dave, who told us about the history
of the filter beds and took us to see the bird hide. 

Our day out ended up at the stone sculptures, where we had fun taking
photos of each other jumping off the stones.