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Lakeside Nature Reserve

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A peaceful 15 hectare nature reserve with large lake and an abundance of wildlife and wildflowers.

Visiting Lakeside Nature Reserve

Lakeside Nature Reserve has a range of habitats ideal for nature seekers. The main lake is home to a variety of fish and water birds. Shaded woodland is where bats thrive. The miniature grass meadow supports colourful butterflies and orchids.


Lakeside Road
Ash Vale
GU12 5AA

Things to see and do

  • adventure playground
  • child friendly art features
  • circular walks around the lake
  • picnic benches and seating available around the site
  • dog walking
  • fishing: you must be a member (opens new window) to fish at Lakeside Nature Reserve.
  • many species of wildlife including bats, kingfishers and great crested grebes
  • a mobile catering van visits from time to time

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Lakeside Nature Reserve

Conservation works

  • we keep the footpaths and fishing platforms free from overgrowing vegetation
  • we cut the meadow once a year
  • we work with Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership during the winter to prevent willow spread into the reed beds


Lakeside Nature Reserve car park is along Lakeside Road. 

A Green Flag site

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Lakeside Nature Reserves is a Green Flag award winner. The awards scheme is the national benchmark standard. It recognises well managed parks and green spaces. To win, green spaces must meet high standards and have excellent facilities. For further information, and to find other Green Flag parks and open spaces, visit the Green Flag Award website. (opens new window)

Management Plan

For a copy of the site management plan, please contact the Countryside team directly at