Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve
The last day the reserve team will be working on the slough will be Tuesday 16th October. This will mainly affect viewing from Bernard's hide.
Know before you go
Parking informationFree car park
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
Ducks, butterflies and dragonflies in October
Early October is all about the first birds arriving back on the lakes to spend the winter including large number of ducks. At the same…
This spell of autumn sunshine keeps the insects flying from damselflies and dragonflies to plenty of butterflies.
Little egrets like the slough
Every year in September, the number of little egrets on the slough build up and can be seen hunting for small fish on the slough. This…
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