Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationThere is a small reserve car park situated on the north side of Fishlake Meadows Road at its eastern end, in Oxlease Meadows, take the first left after entering the development signed “Nos 3-11 Odds”, the car park is at the end through the height barrier.
Disabled access is very limited at present.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitVisit in winter to see wildfowl, visiting marsh harriers and majestic great white egrets. Spring brings reed and sedge warblers as well as a great variety of migrant birds. In summer you’ll see dragonflies, fen vegetation and marsh orchids.
About the reserve
Fishlake Meadows nature reserve is a spectacular wetland, home to hunting ospreys, elusive bitterns, migratory cuckoos and murmurating starlings. It's also supports other species like otters, water voles, 24 species of dragonfly and damselfly, and an impressive variety of plants. It really is the ultimate destination for all nature lovers.
The unique habitats of Fishlake Meadows established themselves after farming of the land ceased over the last two decades. Unusually, the reserve now boasts a mix of floodplain habitats rarely seen in our chalk river valleys.
News from Fishlake Meadows
Plans for nature based development submitted to Test Valley Borough Council
Southampton based HPW Architecture are submitting a planning application to Test Valley Borough Council to transform the old World of…
Wildlife of Fishlake Meadows
Reserves Officers Jo Iddenden and Bob Chapman will give us an update on the wildlife of Fishlake Meadows.
Dedicated car park opens for Romsey nature reserve
Fishlake Meadows nature reserve now has a dedicated car park