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Weston Turville Reservoir

Wetland plants and wildfowl are among the many attractions of this former reservoir nestling amongst woodland, close to the Chilterns

Wetland plants

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.

Seasonal visitors

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.

We are aware of the unfortunate recent incidents of antisocial behaviour and vandalism on the reserve. We are liaising with local police and will be making repairs to the hide soon. If you witness any such activity on site, please report it to the Buckinghamshire Reserves Team on 01442 826774.

 

Things to do

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Your Weston Turville Reservoir photographs

Share your photographs of Weston Turville Reservoir with us! Add them to our BBOWT flickr group, and tag them 'westonturvillereservoir'.

 

Stunning footage from Don Stone of an osprey filmed at Weston Turville Reservoir during September 2015

 

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Reserve information

Location
3.5 miles south-east of
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP22 5PS
Map reference
SP 859 097
Great for...
birdwatching
spring flowers
Best time to visit
Jan - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times.
Size
19.50 hectares
Walking information
Flat; variable, 60% surfaced paths, one steep ramp, soft patches, many roots in wooded section; kissing gates, steps
Parking
0.5 miles south of Weston Turville. 0.25 miles east of A413/B4009 roundabout, turn right onto World's End Lane opposite The Village Gate pub; park in lay-by on right after 500m
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Tel: 01442 826774
info@bbowt.org.uk

Smartphone Safari

Every weekend on BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Oxford we broadcast a Smartphone Safari. Listen along as we explore some of our fantastic reserves and introduce you to the wildlife you can see.