Weston Turville Reservoir

Jim Asher

Weston Turville Reservoir

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

Location

3.5 miles south-east of
Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP22 5PS

OS Map Reference

SP859097
A static map of Weston Turville Reservoir

Know before you go

Size
20 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

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

Access

Flat; variable, 60% surfaced paths, one steep ramp, soft patches, many roots in wooded section; kissing gates, steps

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

January to September

About the reserve

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 hundreds of spring-flowering early marsh-orchids, 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. Bittern are 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.

 

For information - the bird hide at the Reservoir has had to be dismantled and removed as the structure had become unsafe. We are currently looking at options for how to replace it.

Contact us

Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT)
Contact number: 01442 826774
Contact email: info@bbowt.org.uk

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)