Reedbeds at Grafham Water

Grafham Water - Robert Enderby

Swans at Grafham Water

Grafham Water - Sarah Lambert

Grafham Water

Grafham Water - Robert Enderby

Wildflower meadows, ancient woodlands and wetland areas full of birdlife.

Location

West Perry

Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE28 0BX

OS Map Reference

TL 143 671
A static map of Grafham Water

Know before you go

Size
114 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

Anglian Water Car Park fees apply

Grazing animals

From April to November

Access

Surfaced cycle track around reservoir. Surfaced paths to Mander Hide & Valley Creek Hide. Other paths more awkward.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Bird hides
Toilets
Shop
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Reserve open at all times
Car parks 8am to dusk

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

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.

The reserve from above video

Grafham Water is one of the prime bird watching sites in the county, with rarer visitors 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.

Leaflet and map

Reserve map

Additional information

For further information about the different areas of Grafham Water, click on the links below:

Scroll down to see the reserve boundary. Please note the boundary map is for indication purposes only and does not show the Wildlife Trusts definitive land boundary. 

FOR ANY MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM:   communicationsteam@wildlifebcn.org or 01954 713500 and ask for comms team.

Contact us

Contact number: 01480 811075

Environmental designation

Ancient Woodland
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

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How you can help

Betony at Upwood Meadows June  - c. Robert Enderby

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