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Bough Beech Visitor Centre

The north end of Bough Beech Reservoir; a haven for wildlife.

Covering the north end of Bough Beech reservoir, this reserve is a haven for wildlife and one of the most celebrated and visited birdwatching sites in the south east. Many bird species can be seen throughout the year, from cuckoos and ducks to an influx of swallows. Coots and moorhens nest by the bridge where a brook runs by on its way into the reservoir.

Excellent views of the reservoir and its birds from convenient road side parking.

The visitor centre has great displays about the history and wildlife of the area. The shop serves hot and cold drinks and light snacks.  The surrounding grounds are great for toads, dragonflies and great crested newts. A hide and viewing point overlooks the flooded scrapes designed to attract wildfowl and waders.




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Reserve information

Winkhurst Green, Ide Hill
TN14 6LD
Map reference
TQ 496494
Great for...
a family day out
ancient trees
historical interest
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
Best time to visit
Mar - Oct
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Opening Times
The centre is open on Sundays 10am - 4pm. From Monday April 3rd the centre will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and weekends 11.00-6.00
Gift shop
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities
Disabled toilet
42.00 hectares
Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)

Wheelchair accessible. A circular 1 km nature trail starts from the Centre but there are kissing gates and the ground is uneven and may be muddy. The bird hide is wheelchair accessible.
Walking information
There is a circular nature trail walk (between 1-2 miles) from the centre, you have to walk on a quiet lane for a short distance. The grounds are uneven and may be muddy at times. There are kissing gates on the route so it is not advisable for pushcahirs. There are additional longer routes on public footpaths in the area but not on the reserve itself. Access is restricted by the water company for safety reasons. Various event are organised throughout the year - please check the events section of the website for further information.
Ample car parking available on the causeway and at the centre.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Sheep may be grazing in the fields around the centre and are occasionally in the fields when walking in the nature trail.
Reserve manager
Peter Bassett
Tel: 01732 750624