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Wild Marsh West seen across the River Lee

The Tottenham Marshes are located at Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey. The marshes cover over 100 acres (0.40 km2) and became part of the Lee Valley Park [1] in 1972. The marsh is made up of three main areas; Clendish Marsh, Wild Marsh West and Wild Marsh East. The latter two are separated by the River Lee.

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Description

The Marshes are one of the last remaining examples of semi-natural wetland in Greater London. They contain a variety of plant communities typical of a former flood plain location, such as a range of neutral grassland types, sedge marsh, reed swamp, sallow scrub and areas of tall herb vegetation. Associated with this diversity of habitat are several species of plant and insect which are rarely common in london

History

The 100 acres (0.40 km2) of marshes were originally a flood plain of the River Lee. But significant changes have been made over the years. Between the 1860s and 1930 a range of facilities including tennis courts and swimming were available but after World War II between 1946 and 1960 the area was used for gravel extraction and landfill. In the late 19th century the Wild Marsh East was bisected when the River Lee was diverted to accommodate the construction of some of the Lee Valley Reservoir Chain. The marsh was the first home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club in 1882 [2]. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), created by an Act of Parliament in 1965, bought Tottenham Marshes in 1972 [3].

Ecology

Plants

Many species of plants can be found on the marsh including

Wall Bedstraw Galium parisiene

Yellow Vetchling Lathyrus aphaca

Bee orchid Ophrys apifera

Babington's Poppy Papaver dubilum

Wurzell's Wormwood Artemisia vulgaris x verlotiorum

Butterflies

Brown Argus

Birds

Skylark

Short-eared Owl

Coordinates: 51°35′45″N 0°03′14″W / 51.595931°N -0.053832°E / 51.595931; -0.053832

References

  1. ^ Tottenham Marshes Retrieved November 14, 2007
  2. ^ Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Retrieved November 14, 2007
  3. ^ London Parks Grants News Retrieved July 5, 2008

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