Ham Lands is a 60-ha Thames riverside Local Nature Reserve extending from Kingston down to Richmond in southwest London. It contains grassland and scrub with small pockets of woodland and a network of walking paths. Most of the former gravel pits have been landfilled, with the remainder converted to the 4-ha artificial Thames Young Mariners Lake, which hosts an outdoor-recreation centre.
Noted for the number of Song Thrush territories (26 in May 2005, fide Richmond Biodiversity Action Plan). Male and female Bullfinches recorded recently (2012/13). Lesser and Common Whitethroats held territories in 2013. Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Green Woodpecker can be found on Ham Lands. Goldcrest can be encountered singing in spring and Nuthatches can occasionally be found on mature trees by the Thames. During the spring and summer good numbers of Blackcap and Chiffchaff are present. In winter Redwing and Fieldfare visit the site.
Ham Lands is bordered at its western edge by the Thames, where Great Crested Grebe is present all year round and Little Grebe can occasionally be seen in winter. Kingfisher has also been recorded. A Black-necked Grebe was recorded at Teddington Lock in 2010.
Address: Kingfisher Drive, Richmond TW10 7UE | Grid ref: TQ165720 | Boundary map:  | Postcodes: TW10 (Richmond), KT2 (Kingston)
Off the main A307 at Ham. Nearest car park is at Ham House (National Trust), but parking is possible in Riverside Drive. Buses: R68, 281, 285 (Middlesex side of Thames) and 65, 371 (Surrey side). Traversed by the Thames Path National Trail (towpath). Close to National Cycle Route 4 (Teddington to Richmond). Mooring at Teddington Lock.
Other Local Green Spaces
Eel Pie Island (Sand Martin cliff), Ham Common LNR, Ham Avenues (including The Copse ), Ham Paddocks, Ham House NT, Richmond Park, Petersham Meadows, Petersham Common, Petersham Lodge Wood. Teddington Lock attracts gulls during the winter.
(Sources: Friends of Ham Lands (FoHL); Natural England LNRs; Richmond LBC.)