Avian Flu Update 1st December – Some restrictions lifted at Langford Lakes:

In October, we started dealing with an outbreak of avian flu at Langford Lakes. At the peak of the outbreak, our team were finding dead or distressed birds at the reserve on a daily basis.

Fortunately, we can now confirm that no dead birds have been found at Langford Lakes for more than 30 days. 30 days without any fatalities is the period government guidance provides for as giving the “all clear”. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that fishing and pond dipping can be reinstated with immediate effect. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience the pause in these activities caused, but we are thankful that these measures helped to protect our precious wildlife and prevented this virus from spreading further.

Due to the ongoing risk of avian flu in the UK, we are monitoring the situation closely and still taking precautionary measures in the hope of avoiding another outbreak. We continue to urge visitors to our reserves to take extreme caution and follow the guidance listed on our Avian Flu page.

If more dead birds are discovered, we may need to review restrictions once again, and this web page will be updated accordingly. Thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support.

For further updates and FAQs, please visit our Avian Flu page.



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When to visit

Free and open to visit 24 hours a day.

Know before you go

  • Suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs
  • Dogs are not allowed due to ground nesting birds and livestock.
  • Facilities include bird hides, café, toilets, car and coach parking for disabled visitors, cycle racks
  • 31.62 hectares
  • 1 mile walking loop.
Please be aware that this is a working site, and management may need to be carried out on any given day.
Please also note that over the spring and summer period we often have school visits to Langford Lakes. Enthusing and educating students about the natural world is one of the main aims of the Trust and this engagement is important to us.  If you see school groups on site, please appreciate how important this work is and hopefully they will add to your visit.  If you don’t want to attend the site when school groups are present then please come on weekends, during school holidays or in the autumn and winter seasons.

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About the nature reserve

Join us for a walk around the reserve in this virtual tour, or walk the trail yourself following our walking route.

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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.

Before and after our wetland enhancement project:

Before enhancementAfter enhancement

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 

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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A lovely walk!

~ Chris from Salisbury

An ideal place for relaxation and enjoying nature

~ Steve from Warminster

Perfect length for a little walk and space for a picnic. Children enjoyed the little play trail and the bird hides along the walk as well.

~ Matthew from Winchester

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: