Know before you go
Parking informationAmple roadside parking along The Causeway. Please park considerately.
Grazing animalsSheep may be grazing in the fields around the centre and are occasionally in the fields when walking in the nature trail.
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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitMarch 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.