Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve
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
Early winter feeling
The wildlife and lakes are taking on a lovely early winter feel at the moment with lots of redwings feeding on the berries and lots of…
The slough is full of lapwing and teal
We are now into the last few days of Autumn and things are starting to look a lot like winter for us at Lackford with lots of ducks,…
Autumnal light and dragonfly flight
Well as we march headlong into November, the autumnal days and the light it brings is making Lackford the place to be. The wildfowl…
School visits to Lackford Lakes
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-Sir David Attenborough