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
The map below is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary.
Species and habitats
- Grassland, Wetland, Woodland
- Arctic Tern, Black-headed Gull, Bullfinch, Common Gull, Common Sandpiper, Common Tern, Coot, Dunlin, Fieldfare, Great Crested Grebe, Hobby, Little Egret, Nightingale, Redwing, Ruff, Spotted Flycatcher, Tufted Duck, Turtle Dove, Wheatear, Wigeon, Broad-bodied Chaser, Bee Orchid, Bluebell, Common Spotted orchid, Primrose
Nearby nature reserves
Nature reserve map
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012. For indicative purposes does not show exact boundaries.