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Steeple Langford  SP3 4NH 
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  • Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • Dogs are not allowed on the reserve
  • Bird hides (currently closed), Café, toilets, car and coach parking for disabled visitors, cycle racks
  • 31.62 hectares

Join us for a walk around the reserve in this virtual tour:

What can be seen here?

Nestled in the Wylye Valley between Salisbury and Warminster, Langford Lakes nature reserve is an ideal place for bird watching. The four lakes and wet scrape 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.

What else can I do here?

We run family and educational activities from The Brockbank Centre, which hosts the Kingfisher Cafe, and is also available to hire.

You can also fish at Langford Lakes. See our Langford Lakes fishing page for more information 

 Great crested grebe © Steve Waterhouse Grayling © Peter Hayes Langford bird hide © Ryan Tabor Bittern © Tina Townend

Facilities include: bird hides, café, Visitor Centre, toilets, car and coach parking, parking for disabled visitors, cycle racks.

How can I get here?

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We work hard to keep special places like this a haven for wildlife and people. As a charity, we rely on your donations to allow us to continue this work. Please consider making a donation if you can, and keep Langford Lakes a thriving reserve for nature: