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Whelford Pools

Located in the eastern part of the Cotswold Water Park, this reserve used to be the site of two barren gravel pits, but is now a freshwater haven for all sort of wildlife. Although much of the reserve is out of bounds to protect nesting flocks, great views can be had from the hides. In spring watch great crested grebes do their 'weed dance' courtship and as the summer comes on dragonflies and damselflies are abundant. In winter, overwintering wildfowl are present in large numbers. If you're really lucky you might also see otters, nightingale and bittern. A beautiful tranquil place, this reserve guarantees wildlife all year round.

Located in the eastern part of the Cotswold Water Park, this reserve is situated between Fairford and Lechlade. It used to be the site of two barren gravel pits, but is now a freshwater haven for all sort of wildlife. Although much of the reserve is out of bounds to protect nesting flocks, great views can be had from the hides. You will klikely be rewarded with sights of overwintering pochard, tufted duck, wigeon and great-crested grebe can be seen, along with heron.

In the spring and summer dragonflies and damselflies are particularly abundant, and the great grested grebe can be seen doing it's famous 'weed dance' - it's courtship ritual. Common tern visit in the summer, and the occasional bittern has also been seen. Pike and otter use the lakes and sedge warbler, reed bunting and nightingale can be seen - this site offers a tranquil place to take in the scenery and has guaranteed wildlife interest all yer round. This site is part of an SSSI.

 

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Edward Richardson & Phyllis Amey
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Reserve information

Location
Between Fairford and Lechlade, close to Whelford.
Lechlade
Gloucestershire
Map reference
SU174995
Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
12.30 hectares
Access
Yes

Both hides have access ramps with gradients of less than 10% and wheelchair friendly turning circles. There are some uneven surfaces on the paths.
Walking information
There is a nature reserve leaflet and a walk leaflet which includes this reserve available by request, for free, from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.
Parking
Car park for up to 12 vehicles with 1 designated bay for disabled drivers. There are also 3 bicycle racks in the car park.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333
info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk