Chigborough Lakes Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Parking informationThere is a height barrier at the entrance to the car park. The car park is currently closed
Grazing animalsGoats grazing in March and from September-December
Sheep grazing from August-November
2 km of circular trails
Accessible at all year, although some footpaths will be muddy during winter
When to visit
Opening timesAccessible at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
Walk around the lakes on this circular path and you will encounter a variety of habitats, from Willow Carr, lakes, marshy areas, grazed grassland and scrub, each with their own different wildlife. Over 120 species of bird have been recorded here and more than 40 of these have bred, including Little Egret, Great Crested and Little Grebes, Grey Heron and Kingfisher. During the summer months there is a good opportunity to see the impressive Little Egret roost!
There are a number of benches around the trail where you can sit back and enjoy the views of the lakes and listen out in the summer for the soft purring sound of the elusive Turtle Dove or the louder chatter of a Cetti’s Warbler. Summer also sees an interesting array of flowers, look closely and you might find a Bee Orchid or Wild Strawberry.
There is a particularly impressive veteran Oak pollard worth admiring whilst the bird song rings out above it. Chigborough Lakes is a peaceful nature reserve, perfect for getting away from it all.