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Grafham Water

An interesting site that is a birdwatcher's dream

The reservoir was created in 1965 to provide people with drinking water and was immediately colonised by wildlife. The nature reserve surrounds the western side of the reservoir and contains ancient and plantation woodlands, grasslands and wetland habitats such as reedbeds, willow and open water. Grafham Water is one of the prime bird watching sites in the county, with rare and scarce birds such as osprey and the occasional Slavonian grebe alongside the more familiar resident mallards and greylag geese. With nine miles of shoreline, and around 170 species of bird recorded each year, there is always something to see.

For further information about the different areas of Grafham Water click on the PDFs below

Grafham Water (pdf)

Path and hides map (pdf)

Dudney hide (pdf)

Lagoons hide (pdf)

Littless hide (pdf)

Lymage hide (pdf)

Mander hide and Wildlife Garden (pdf)

Savages Creek (pdf)

Valley Creek hide (pdf)


The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.

Nearby nature reserves

Shepherd's Close
2 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Brampton Wood
3 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Begwary Brook
7 miles - Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Nature reserve map

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.

Reserve information

7 miles south west of
Map reference
TL 143 671
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Opening Times
Reserve open at all times
114.00 hectares
Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Walking information
Surfaced cycle track around reservoir. Surfaced paths to Mander Hide & Valley Creek Hide ( map (pdf)). Other paths more awkward.
Anglian Water Car Park, closing times & charges apply.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
from April to November
Reserve manager
Tel: 01480 811075


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