Heron at Fishlake © Roger Betteridge

Heron at Fishlake © Roger Betteridge

A spectacular wetland and a birder’s paradise

Location

Cupernham Lane
Romsey
Hampshire
SO51 7AA

OS Map Reference

SU 357 221
A static map of Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
59 hectares

Entry fee

Donations welcome

Parking information

Park in Romsey Town and walk up the canal path.

Access

Parking is available in Romsey Town. From there follow the canal path to the nature reserve. Disabled access is very limited at present.

Dogs

Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

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 Armson
Contact email: Jo.Armson@hiwwt.org.uk

Location map