Hosehill Lake. Photo by Adrian Wallington
March 2017. Unfortunately a footbridge on the main route around the lake, near the western entrance to the reserve, has been damaged and is now unsafe to walk on. We have closed the bridge and the route leading up to it to ensure the safety of visitors. We will dismantle the bridge, repair and reinforce the banks, and install a new structure as soon as possible. We are very sorry, but due to the location of the bridge there are no alternative routes available; this means visitors are unable to do a circular walk all the way round the lake. Please bear with us while we get the repairs completed. If you have any queries please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosehill Lake hosts a wide variety of water fowl in the winter and nightingales join the butterflies and dragonflies in the spring.
Look out for wetland birds including lapwings, little ring plovers, great crested grebes and a number of more unusual visitors like the bittern.
A large sand martin bank can be viewed from the other side of the lake and house martins, swifts and swallow can be seen from March/April.
The meadow to the east of the lake is a visual treat throughout the spring and summer. It is cut and then grazed by wild Exmoor ponies for a short period after this in the spring and autumn.
The meadow and the Butterfly Bank to the south of the lake are the best places to see a range of butterflies, day-flying moths and other insects.
Things to do
- Follow the 1 mile circular walk around the edge of the lake. As of 9 March 2017 this is partially closed because of a broken bridge. We are repairing the bridge and banks, and will re-open the path as soon as possible.
- Volunteer with our regular work parties.
- Help us manage this reserve by supporting us
- Tweet your wildlife sightings to @bbowt
- Sign up to our e-newsletter
Download the site risk assessment.