Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve will be CLOSED on August 26th for large machinery delivery

Works to improve the islands of Bodenham Lake for wildlife will resume in the next few weeks, after they were postponed by flooding last year. On the 26th of August we are closing the Lake to all visitors to allow safe delivery of machinery. We aim to keep site closures to a minimum but may need to close the site for short periods and for collection of machinery later in the year. We will update our Facebook page and on-site signage to keep you informed of closures.

The islands completed in 2019 have already been a great hit with wildlife; this spring Oystercatcher successfully nested at the Lake for the first time and a whimbrel was recorded for the first time in nearly 20 years. The islands that will be completed this autumn will continue to attract more birds to nest and feed at Bodenham Lake. Particularly wading birds, which feed in exposed mud and ground nesting birds, which favour islands for safe nesting away from predators and limited tree cover for good visibility. 

These works are primarily funded by the European Regional Development Fund, with additional funds from the Environment Agency, Herefordshire Ornithological Club, donors to the Re-wilding Bodenham Lake appeal, the Hamamalis Trust and Hereford Community Foundation.