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


Winkhurst Green
Ide Hill
TN14 6LD

OS Map Reference

A static map of Bough Beech

Know before you go

42 hectares

Parking information

Ample roadside parking along The Causeway. Please park considerately.

Grazing animals

Sheep may be grazing in the fields around the centre and are occasionally in the fields when walking in the nature trail.

Walking trails

There is a circular nature trail walk (between 1-2 miles) from the Oast, 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 pushchairs. 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.


Wheelchair accessible. A circular 1 km nature trail starts from the Oast but there are kissing gates and the ground is uneven and may be muddy. The bird hide is wheelchair accessible.


On a lead
Please keep dogs under close control


Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

March to October

About the reserve

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 roadside parking. 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.

Contact us

Paul Glanfield
Contact number: 01622 662012

Environmental designation

Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB)
Local Wildlife Site (LWS)
Bough Beech. Photo by Selwyn Dennis

Bough Beech. Photo by Selwyn Dennis.

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