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Camley Street Natural Park

Camley Street Natural Park is a two-acre oasis of green in the hardcore urban landscape around Kings Cross Station - in fact, it's just a ten minute walk from the station.

The site was industrialised when the Regents Canal was built and was used to store coal that was transported along the canal. By the 1970's, the site was derelict and in the 1980's the Greater London Council had plans to build a coach park there. But after a campaign by local people, the site was earmarked for a nature reserve.

Features include a pond, a meadow, a marsh and woodland. The reserve provides an ideal habitat for birds, insects, butterflies, amphibians and a rich variety of plant life. A variety of trees grow in the park and these provide seeds, nuts, berries and shelter for birds and insects.

The wildflower meadow is at its best from late Spring to early Autumn when a multicoloured abundance of wild flowers bloom. A marsh provides habitat for frogs, newts and toads as well as marsh marigold, yellow flag iris and butterwort.

You can visit the park during opening hours which are 10.00am to 5.00pm from Monday to Thursday and, at weekends, 11.00am to 5.00pm in summer and 10.00am to 4.00pm in winter. The park is closed on Fridays.

There is a visitors' centre with information about the park and schools use it extensively for educational purposes. Community events are also held regularly and volunteers get the opportunity to help maintain the park and learn about its flora and fauna. For information about events, call 020 7833 2311.

There are worries about the future of this unique reserve because of the development of Kings Cross. But the London Wildlife Trust, who run the park, are committed to opposing any plans which will threaten its integrity.

Click here to find out more about the London Wildlife Trust.

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