An old clay workings reclaimed by nature and now managed for wildlife and education
This nature reserve holds scenic lakes, woods and grassland, created by nature from abandoned clay workings. Woodland has grown up on spoil heaps and wildflowers abound in original and planted meadows.
There are over 2 miles of paths around the lakes and woods with over 1 mile of surfaced marked trails. It provides a valuable space for people to relax and learn about wildlife. Read the Swanwick Lakes leaflet for trails around the reserve and highlights.
The paths around the back of the lakes are now closed for the winter - please follow signage on site for routes around the reserve.
We manage our nature reserves for the benefit of wildlife and we would like to thank all of our visitors that take care when walking on our nature reserves. We're working hard to engage with the dog walking community, in particular those that visit our nature reserves with their dog. The Trust’s "Dogs on Reserves" project has produced a leaflet that explains how to act responsibly on our nature reserves, along with some general guidance for dog walking visitors and advice about walking amongst cattle.
We currently have Education and Reserve Warden volunteer opportunities - click here for details.
Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve is part of a partnership project between NATS and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
Getting to Swanwick Lakes
The reserve is located just off Swanwick Lane in Swanwick, about 2 miles from Bursledon and 7 miles from Fareham.
Car: Exit the M27 at junction 8 or 9. From junction 8 follow signs to A3024 Southampton and Hamble and then Park Gate A27. At the traffic lights by ‘The Navigator' pub turn left onto Swanwick Lane. Continue over the motorway then turn left onto Sopwith Way. Turn right at the mini roundabout by the security gates. From junction 9 Follow the signs for Southampton A27 until you reach Park Gate. Take the road sign posted Botley. At the Elm Tree pub turn left onto Swanwick Lane. After about a mile, turn right onto Sopwith Way. Turn right at the mini roundabout by the security gates.
Public transport: The reserve is about 30 minutes walk from Swanwick station. From the station: Turn right at the end of the access road then continue to the Elm Tree Pub where you turn left onto Swanwick Lane then continue as above. The First bus company run a number of services stopping at either end of Swanwick Lane