Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve

Heron at Fishlake © Roger Betteridge

Heron at Fishlake © Roger Betteridge

A spectacular wetland and a birder’s paradise


Cupernham Lane
SO51 7AA

OS Map Reference

SU 357 221
A static map of Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve

Know before you go

59 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

There is a small car park at the eastern end of Fishlake Meadows Road in Oxlease Meadows. Take the first left, signed “Nos 3-11 Odds” the car park is at the end through the height barrier, open 8am-6pm. Please do not park on the access road.


Disabled access is very limited at present.


Under effective control
Please keep dogs under effective control and walk your dog only on the designated rights of way. To avoid damage to the canal bank and ditch sides please allow your dog to only enter the water at the reinforced stepped access points.

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.
Car park open 8am-6pm
If you are visiting when the car park is closed, please be respectful of our neighbours and park in on of the car parks in town. You can access Fishlake Meadows along the canal footpath from Romsey town.

Best time to visit

Visit 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.

Contact us

Jo Iddenden

Location map