Wetland plants and wildfowl are among the many attractions of this former reservoir nestling amongst woodland, close to the Chilterns
The marshy fen, extensive reedbeds and small woodland surrounding Weston Turville Reservoir create a winter wildfowl wonderland with teal, shoveler and tufted duck and even the occasional bittern. As well as the reeds, plants include the hundreds of spring-flowering early marsh-orchid, followed in summer by lesser reedmace, purple-loosestrife, gipsywort, water mint and yellow iris.
There are good breeding colonies of reed warblers, which sling their mug-shaped nests around the reed stems. The reserve is also a regular breeding site of the water rail, whose distinctive 'piglet squealing' can be heard regularly all the year round. Starlings and swallows roost here in some numbers in autumn. The bittern is seen here occasionally.
Historic water supply
Weston Turville Reservoir was constructed in 1797 to supply water to an arm of the Grand Union Canal - and over the years a good many wetland plants have grown up around the edges. The open water is leased to local sailing and angling clubs. BBOWT manages the surrounding land, a marshy fen, extensive reedbeds, areas of scrub and woodland.
Things to do
- Join the monthly work party at this nature reserve
- Come to one of BBOWT's events here
- Help us manage this reserve by supporting us
- Tweet your wildlife sightings to @BBOWT
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Your Weston Turville Reservoir photographs
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Stunning footage from Don Stone of an osprey filmed at Weston Turville Reservoir during September 2015