Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve
Know before you go
Entry feeDonations welcome
Parking informationThere 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.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen 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 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