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.


Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve
A static map of Bodenham Lake

Know before you go

45 hectares

Entry fee

Free entry & parking

Grazing animals

Areas of this nature reserve are grazed seasonally by sheep.

Walking trails

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.


Under effective control


Bird hides
Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk daily

Best time to visit

All year

About the reserve

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 the management was transferred to the partnership of Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and New Leaf Sustainable Development who run the site today.

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 two beautiful orchards, as well as lakeside meadows. 

Environmental designation

Local Nature Reserve (LNR)