Woodston Ponds

Woodston Ponds - Alan Miles

Woodston Ponds

Glorious riverside ponds and reedbed rich in wildlife


Access via wharf road.

OS Map Reference

TL 175 979
A static map of Woodston Ponds

Know before you go

10 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park on wharf road and walk/cycle over railway crossing and access via cycleway/footpath

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Bare earth, grass path, and new boardwalk


Some areas are suitable for wheelchair and pushchair access (boardwalk)


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Any time

About the reserve

Previously managed by British Sugar, the ponds were used as settling ponds that took the washings from the sugar beet.

In 2003 the ponds were leased to the Wildlife Trust on a 999-year agreement and shortly afterwards the site was declared a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in recognition of its wildlife value and importance as a city greenspace for local people to enjoy.

The site is split into two halves. On the west side there is a reedbed that provides homes to many birds such as reed warbler and reed bunting. The pools and channels within the reedbed are home to great crested newt and some uncommon species of water beetle. Surrounding the reedbed is a circular boardwalk for easy access. On the east side of the site there is a small lake that can be viewed by leaving the boardwalk and following the track to the viewing platform. From here you can comfortably view the wildlife. Grey herons can be regularly seen patrolling the edges while the open water is used by many species of ducks.  

Leaflet and map

Additional information

  • 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: 01954 713500

Location map

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