Spring on Connaught Water

Connaught Water, so called after the Duke of Connaught, Ranger of the Forest, extends over seven acres, and contains two islands. Before its transformation into its present form by the Corporation it was a dismal swamp, known as the Forest Pool.


Heron with chicks on one of the two islands of the lake, not accessible to people – unless you have a long lens…
Great Crested Grebe

“Epping Forest is an ‘internationally important’ place because of its unique mix of habitats and species. It’s one of very few large, ancient forests in this part of Britain, and it has lots of rare or important habitats like ancient semi-natural woodland, wood-pasture, old grassland plains, heathlands, and wetlands”

Mallard Chick
Grey Heron young

Connaught Water