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Roundhouse Lake

Situated just to the west of Lechlade in the eastern part of the Cotswold Water Park. It's a great location to watch over wintering wildfowl and in the springtime watch the reed dances of the great crested grebe.

Roundhouse Lake nature reserve is a fine example of the purity of habitat that can be achieved through the careful and sympathetic restoration of gravel pits. The large open lake plays host to a large number of wintering wildfowl, including wigeon, red-crested pochard, goldeneye, pochard and tufted duck. Great crested and little grebes are also frequently found on the lake, and sightings of kingfisher are not unlikely. Otters are also known to visit the lake regularly. 



Species and habitats

Standing water, Wetland
Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe

Nearby nature reserves

Bryworth Lane Railway
1 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Edward Richardson & Phyllis Amey
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Whelford Pools
2 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

West Of Lechlade-On-Thames, south of the A417 at the junction with Bryworth Lane
Map reference
SU198 994
Great for...
a family day out
getting away from it all
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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18.20 hectares

There is no parking at the reserve and the entrance to the site is only accessible by 4x4 at the best of times. From Fairford, head towards Lechlade on the A417. After passing the garden centre, go straight over the roundabout and after about 200m turn right down the single-lane track. After 300m follow the track round to the right, and the reserve is the first lake on your right after about 500m.
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01452 383333