Starlings above reedbed at Ham Wall

Image: David Kjaer

Here you can enjoy a newly created wetland, which provides a safe home for many rare species including water voles and otters. In spring the reedbeds are alive with birdsong and in autumn you can see kingfishers flashing up and down the ditches. Bitterns are seen regularly all year-round. 

There is disabled access to this reserve by RADAR key. Events are held throughout the year for families and for those who want to learn more about wildlife. 

We have recently installed a new reception building and toilets and a new two story hide at the north side of the reserve.

Opening times

Reserve open at all times but car park is controlled by automatic gates that are open at the following times: 1 October to 31 January, 7 am-6.30 pm. 1 February to 31 March, 7 am to 8 pm. 1 April to 30 September, 6 am to 10 pm. An alternative car park managed by Natural England at Ashcott Corner is open outside of these times.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

If you are new to birdwatching...

A good number of events take place through the year. These focus on the wildlife of the reserve and are lead by friendly, informative staff and volunteers.

Information for families

Good facilities provide easy family access, with a range of events held through the year and good information service at weekends from April to October.

Information for dog owners

Dogs are only allowed on public footpaths and bridleways. Dogs are only allowed on the public footpath and disused railway line. Assistance dogs are allowed on the Walton Heath and Loxtons Marsh trails



Picture of Early Morning Sun Rise across the site 

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