This is a landscape of 26 acres, shaped by gravel extraction in the 1920s. The pits were left filled with water and nature took over, creating an attractive and important home for wildlife. There are roach, perch, pike and very large carp in the Lakes. Many birds nest here and insects attracted to these trees provide them with food. There is a public footpath that runs from the Village Green along the side of Long Lake through to Shenley Lane. There are also other footpaths that lead through the reserve around Small Lake and North Lake. The Reserve car park is accessible from Shenley Lane. www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk.