Bodenham Gravel Pits

Overview
114 acre site managed by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust as a nature reserve. In an area formerly used for gravel extraction, which ceased in 1985, the pits gradually filled with water and were linked to form the largest body of fresh water in Herefordshire. In addition, there are traditional orchards, wet woodland and river and lakeside meadows. Good mix of land and water birds (170 species recorded). Also good for dragonflies and occasional otter sightings. There is public access to the eastern end of the site, the remainder being a wildlife refuge observable from the two public hides. Public car park at eastern end of site.

Directions, parking, access times and other facilities
Map reference: SO 525 512
Sat Nav/Post Code: HR1 3JT

Vehicular access: Situated on the south side of the C1121 which runs from the A49 to Bodenham village. The car park entrance is at the eastern end of the lake.

Other facilities: There are no refreshments and toilets on site, but both are available at Queenswood Country Park. A post office with a shop can be found in Bodenham Village. England’s Gate Inn http://www.englandsgate.co.uk/ and the Railway Inn at Hope Under Dinmore HR1 3JP are nearby.

Maps:
Ordnance Survey Landranger Sheet 149 and Explorer Sheet 202
OS Map View (1:25,000)

What to see:
Resident Great crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Mandarin Duck, Water Rail, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Little Egret.
Winter Wigeon, Goldeneye, Teal, Shoveler, Pintail, Pochard, Gadwall, Goosander, Greylag Goose, Snipe, Fieldfare, Redwing, Lesser Redpoll, Siskin, Peregrine and occasional rarities.
Summer Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Bunting, Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, Swift, Hobby, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Bullfinch, Oystercatcher.
Spring/autumn Cuckoo, Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Osprey and occasional rarities.
Resources:
http://www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org/bodenham-lake
Nearby sites:
Queenswood Country Park, Wellington Gravel Pits