Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Very good, mostly surfaced paths.
If you are visiting as a group, please contact us on 01284 728706 in advance to check availability. Guided walks may be available if requested at the time of booking.
Fully accessible visitor centre with allocated parking and toilet for disabled people. The 1.5km Kingfisher Trail is negotiable by wheelchair, with ramped access to five hides.
The Winter Hide, reached by a firm 150m path from the car park, offers easy access for all visitors.
Parts of this reserve are accessible by mobility scooter.
When to visit
Opening timesVisitor Centre : Open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm.
Reserve open from dawn until dusk.
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Listen to the sound of singing birds in spring with the arrival of nightingales and warblers from Africa. The first bees and butterflies start to make appearances on bright spring days.
Later in summer, the reserve is alive with damselflies and dragonflies. Swallows and martins sweep over the water's surface feeding on small flies. The lakesides are busy with nesting great-crested grebe, kingfisher, tufted duck and water rail. Bright stems of purple-loosestrife, common fleabane and gipsywort create colour at the water's edge.
Gold and red colours mark the coming of autumn with the arrival of a wide range of wildfowl. Birds including shoveler, lapwing, goosander, bittern and goldeneye depend on the lakes during the winter months.
Upcoming events at Lackford Lakes
Lackford Lakes Blog
Colder weather brings siskin and redpolls to feeders
The change in the weather these past few days has meant a busier time for our smaller birds around the reserve as they spend more time…
The Last Few Hours of Daylight at Lackford Lakes
The following is running commentary taken from various wildlife guides scattered around the Kingfisher trail on Sunday 13th January 2019…
Birds of Lackford at the beginning of 2019
We are only three days into the New Year and we have recorded 70 species of birds on the reserve. There are plenty of ducks and small…
School visits to Lackford Lakes
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"England’s wildlife is under great and ever growing pressure. It is vital that we restore our land on a landscape scale so that it can support more wild plants and animals. "
-Sir David Attenborough