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Testwood Lakes

Lakes surrounded by grassland and trees, and an education centre open to the public.

Testwood Lakes has grasslands which are grazed and cut annually to encourage wild flowers and invertebrates, wet woodland dominated by alder and willow next to alder gully pond, hedgerows populated by native species including hazel and hawthorn and two conservation lakes popular with a variety of waders and wildfowl. The reserve is owned by Southern Water and managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

The Testwood Lakes Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4 pm and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm (BST) in summer and 12am to 3pm (GMT) in winter. During term time there are often school groups using the centre so please be aware it may not always be possible to come and look around. Inside the centre are activity sheets and leaflets, interactive wildlife displays and accessible toilets. There are two bird hides, approximately half a mile from the centre, open seven days a week from 10am to 4pm.

Fishing in permitted on Little Testwood Lake only and permits must be obtained from the Test Valley Angling Club.

Getting to Testwood Lakes

Testwood Lakes is situated 1½ miles from the centre of Totton. It forms part of the Test Valley - An area of international importance for wildlife.

Car: From the M27 junction 2, take the A326 Fawley/Totton road and take the first exit, signposted Totton (A36). At the first roundabout, turn left into Brunel Road. Coming from Southampton, travel into Totton along the A36/Commercial Road, taking the second exit at the roundabout onto the A36/Salisbury Road. At the large roundabout take the third exit on Brunel Road. 

Testwood Lakes is situated 300m down on the left hand side. The nearest postcode to the site entrance is SO40 3WX. Please note that the centre is approximately 300m past the Sea Scout building. 

Parking: the car parks are open every day from 8am to 5pm in the summer and from 8am to 4pm during the winter. Please note, the gates to the nature reserve and car parks have a height barrier of 1.9m, which is usually closed. Please phone ahead of your visit on 02380 667929 and we may be able to open these for you.

Rail: Totton station is 1½ miles from the reserve, with trains running there every hour from Southampton.

Bus: Bluestar No. 12 runs every half hour, Monday to Saturday and every hour on Sundays from Southampton calling at Testwood Crescent which is ½ mile from the reserve. Wilts & Dorset  X7 runs hourly Monday to Saturday from Southampton to Testwood Crescent.
 


Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust 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 are 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.

Nearby nature reserves

Lower Test
1 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Copythorne Common
2 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust
Emer Bog and Baddesley Common
5 miles - Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Off Brunel Road, Calmore Ind Est, Totton, SO40 3WX
Hampshire
Please see 'Getting to Testwood Lakes'
Map reference
SU 347 155
Great for...
a family day out
birdwatching
historical interest
overwintering birds
spring migrant birds
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Facilities
Visitor centre
Toilets
Disabled toilet
Baby changing
Size
55.00 hectares
Access
For visitors using a wheelchair or mobility scooter to visit the reserve, there are radar locks on all the gates to allow wheelchair access. If you do not have a radar key, we have one at the Testwood Lakes Centre that you can use during your visit. An all-terrain wheelchair is available for hire. A suggested donation of £5 is kindly requested. Please contact the centre ahead of your visit to ensure its availability.
Walking information
The site is largely flat but some slopes are present around the Testwood Lake and up to the Education Centre. There are surfaced paths all the way round.
Parking
Car parks are open every day from 8am to 5pm in the summer and from 8am to 4pm during the winter. Please note, the gates to the nature reserve and car parks have a height barrier of 1.9m, which is usually closed. Please phone ahead of your visit on 02380 667929 and we may be able to open these for you.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Education Centre / Clare Bishop
Tel: 02380 667929 / 02380 424206
TestwoodLakes@hiwwt.org.uk