Please note that the bird hides at this site are currently CLOSED
Know before you go
Entry feeFree entry & parking
Parking informationPlease note the car park is locked at 7 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, reopened at 8 am each day.
Grazing animalsAreas of this nature reserve are grazed seasonally by sheep.
You can picnic and stroll through beautiful orchards as well as river and lakeside meadows.
There are twp easy access paths around part of the lake, both originating from the car park.
When to visit
Opening timesDawn to dusk daily
Best time to visitAll year
About the reserve
One of the largest stretches of open water in Herefordshire, covering around 50 acres, Bodenham Lake today is an important overwintering and breeding area for wildfowl and other aquatic wildlife. The lake is designated as a Site of Local Importance and, where the reserve borders the River Lugg, it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. More than 160 species of birds have been recorded here while otters are regularly spotted. The lake is also a key breeding site for toads and thousands follow historic migratory routes to the lake each spring. With so much water about, it is also a good site for dragonflies and damsels
Please note: fishing, swimming or other unauthorised recreational use of the lake is not permitted.