Visit a reserve Nature Reserves LANGFORD LAKES NATURE RESERVE, Steeple Langford Unfortunately Langford Lakes is now closed until further notice as we have not been able to complete essential works given current travel restrictions. The site also contains structures on which coronavirus can linger (e.g. play equipment, bird hides, toilets and the verandas) and with one main central path it is unsuitable for social distancing. While humans are away, however, we can report that wildlife is thriving with nesting season well under way including, hopefully, a pair of buzzards who wouldn't normally choose a site with regular public access. As soon as we know more about when the site can be opened we will let everyone know. Until then please stay safe and we hope to see you as soon as possible. Download our reserve leaflet here Steeple Langford SP3 4NH OS map 130 Grid ref: SU037370 Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs Dogs are not allowed on the reserve Bird hides, Visitor Centre, toilets, car and coach parking for disabled visitors, cycle racks 31.62 hectares Nestled in the Wylye Valley between Salisbury and Warminster, Langford Lakes nature reserve is an ideal place for bird watching. The four lakes provide a vital stopping off point and resident habitat for about 150 different bird species. The reserve has a relaxing atmosphere with good level paths and you can enjoy watching wildfowl from five hides overlooking the lakes. You may even see some rarities, such as osprey. Residents include kingfisher, water rail and gadwall. In spring watch for great-crested grebes shaking their heads in courtship. Reed warbler, waders and terns drop in on their summer migration. As winter advances shoveler and wigeon join the other ducks present all year round and occasionally the endangered and secretive bittern pays a visit. When gravel was excavated during the 1960s and 1970s the process left behind holes that filled with water and were turned into a commercial fishery. Since we acquired the lakes in 2001, we have created islands, ponds and wader scrapes that provide habitat for birds such as redshank and sandpiper that probe the mud for food. We have improved the 800m stretch of Wylye River for fish, designated a Special Area of Conservation. And we have transformed a neighbouring field into the Great Meadow wetland, which opened in September 2012. We run many family and educational activities from our two centres, which are also available to hire. You can get day tickets to fish on the Wylye for wild brown trout and grayling - catch and release only. Coarse fishing is available by joining our Langford Lakes Fishing Club. You can also buy day fishing passes. Access is provided for wheelchair anglers. We also now have the new Kingfisher Cafe on site, serving coffee and local food such as ice cream. Access – Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Dogs are not allowed. Facilities - bird hides, Visitor Centre, toilets, car and coach parking, parking for disabled visitors, cycle racks. If driving - Just off the A36 Salisbury to Warminster road, follow signs for The Langfords. In Steeple Langford turn into Duck Street. Reserve entrance is on the left once you have crossed the river. Please be aware that in a rural county postcodes often cover wide areas; some may point you to a reserve entrance, others may direct you to its centre and others may simply direct you to the reserve's vicinity. If using bus – use the No.265 bus service between Salisbury and Bath. Nearest bus stop is 500m away in Steeple Langford. Visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parkingtransportandstreets If cycling – National Cycle Route 24 runs right past Langford Lakes nature reserve. Visit www.sustrans.org.uk Nearby reserves – The Devenish What to see locally - Philipps House (4 miles), Wilton House (6 miles), Heale House and Garden (6 miles), Stonehenge (6 miles)(Photo: Langford Lakes © Caroline Robson) For management reasons, this site will be closed out of normal hours (all gates past the car park will be locked). The main car park will still be accessible, and gates can be walked past as normal to access the reserve.