Bodenham Lake Nature Reserve

One of the largest stretches of open water in Herefordshire – great for birds and otters.

About the Reserve

Bodenham Lake is situated in the Lugg Valley, about 2 miles from Queenswood. It is one of the largest stretches of open water in Herefordshire, covering around 50 acres, Bodenham Lake today is an important overwintering and breeding area for wildfowl and other aquatic wildlife. The lake is designated as a Site of Local Importance and, where the reserve borders the River Lugg, it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. More than 160 species of birds have been recorded here while otters are regularly spotted. The lake is also a key breeding site for toads and thousands follow historic migratory routes to the lake each spring. With so much water about, it is also a good site for dragonflies and damsels.

Bodenham Lake Summer 2020 - Credit: Sophie Cowling


There are two easy access paths around part of the lake, both originating from the car park.

Know Before you Go

  • Free entry & parking
  • Areas of this nature reserve are grazed seasonally by sheep. Please ensure dogs are on a lead around livestock.
  • No fishing, swimming or other unauthorised recreational use of the lake is allowed.


  • Bird hides
  • Pond dipping pond (use by prior appointment only)
  • Car Park