If you are all feeling a bit cooped up after your St Albans or Harpenden season of feasting it might be time for a Hertford Winter Trail. Open every day of the Christmas holidays except Christmas Day and Boxing day until the 7th January, you can take part in our self-guided trail around Rye Meads Nature Reserve, Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts Herts, SG12 8JS.
On the trail you can discover what amazing animals and plants are around in the winter in Hertfordshire and you get a sticker and certificate for taking part. The trail is drop in and is open from 9am - 4pm. It costs just £1 per child for the trail sheet. NB There is a £3 parking charge for non-members.
Rye Meads is a favourite with walkers, birdwatchers and photographers and a great family trip out. There are wheelchair-friendly trails, and 8 hides that look out over the reedbeds, wet meadows, open water and artificial sandbanks, which are a great place to spot the blue flash of a kingfisher.
In winter, you can often see snipe, green sandpipers, shovelers, gadwalls and tufted ducks. They also have a really welcoming visitor centre, where you can watch the bird feeding area for close-up views of garden birds. Families can also hire Explorer Backpacks to give children hours of fun learning about birds, wildlife and the environment, offering something for everyone. At this time of year it is probably bet to check the website in case of any unforeseen closures.