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Bodenham Lake

Bodenham Lake is an important overwintering and breeding area for birds and other aquatic wildlife, so approximately half of the site is managed as a wildlife refuge with restricted public access. More than 160 species of birds have been recorded at this important site.

View from the hide at Bodenham Lake

Until the 1920s, when the site was used for gravel extraction, the land was part of Lady Close Farm. When gravel extraction came to an end, the pits were linked together, resulting in the lake. Leominster District Council purchased the land in 1994 to safeguard the site for informal recreation and conservation.

Up until March 2016, the site was managed and maintained by Herefordshire Council's Parks, Countryside and Leisure Development service, before being taken over by the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and New Leaf Community Interest Company.

The River Lugg borders part of the reserve, with the combination of the river and lake making it a good place to see otters (especially at dawn and dusk). There are also 2 beautiful orchards, as well as lakeside meadows.

Further information about Bodenham Lake can be found on our dedicated webpage for Queenswood Country Park and Bodenham Lake.

Bodenham Lake is part of the Lower Lugg Valley Living Landscape - click here for more information.


Bodenham Lake map


Nearby nature reserves

Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum
1 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Lugg Mills
6 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Lugg Meadow
7 miles - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve
Map reference
SO 523 511
Great for...
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
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Opening Times
7.00am - 9.00pm
Picnic facilities
44.50 hectares

There are 2 easy access paths around part of the lake, both originating from the car park.
Walking information
You can picnic and stroll through beautiful orchards as well as river and lakeside meadows.
The car park has room for around 15 cars.
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
Sheep graze in the orchards and meadows
Reserve manager
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01432 530088