| Blashford lakes are former gravel pits now used for drinking water storage and nature conservation. The lakes are surrounded by grassland and willow, birch and alder woodland.
The Lakes attract thousands of wildfowl in winter as well as bittern and good numbers of woodland birds including redpoll, siskin and brambling. Wildlife watching is easy with access to 6 accessible bird hides and a number of “viewing screens” around the site.
During the summer months it is a great place to look for adder, grass snake and kingfisher and with 26 species recorded to date it is also an excellent site for dragonflies.
The nature reserve has an Education Centre and a trail guide and toilets for visitors. There are 5 miles of rolled gravel paths give access around the site suitable for all season use by mobility scooters, pushchairs and more robust wheelchairs. Two “Tramper” mobility scooters are available to borrow by prior arrangement.
Blashford Nature Reserve Map/Leaflet PDF