children sweeping in summer meadow

© Surrey Wildlife Trust

Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve

Private education centre - access by appointment only

A beautiful private educational nature reserve featuring an education centre, wildflower meadow, woodland and dipping pond.

Location

High Street
Godstone
Surrey
RH9 8LT

OS Map Reference

TQ352516
A static map of Bay Pond Educational Nature Reserve

Know before you go

Size
7 hectares

Parking information

Access to car park by appointment only

Grazing animals

cattle

Access

Access by appointment only

Dogs

No dogs permitted

Facilities

Bird hides
Toilets
Disabled toilet

When to visit

Opening times

Private Educational Nature Reserve

Best time to visit

Year round

About the reserve

 

Bay Pond Education Centre

Bay Pond is one of two private educational nature reserves run by the Trust and features an outdoor classroom, amenities and acres of beautiful natural surroundings in the heart of Godstone village.

Whilst Bay Pond is closed to the general public, the Trust holds a number of open days, holiday clubs and events each year at the reserve.

See below for more details

More about Outdoor Learning

 

The Reserve

Bay Pond reserve features four ponds, including the large, main 2.4 hectare (6 acre) Bay Pond, which is surrounded by wildflower meadows. There is also a public path and observation platform on the south side of the pond. On the eastern side of the pond there is a mature alder swamp.

The area is particularly good for birds, which can be observed from the lakeside bird hide. A number of dragonflies and damselflies can be found here including emperor, brown hawker, blue-tailed and azure.

Many butterfly species can also be observed such as gatekeeper, ringlet, small skipper and orange tip. The area was originally part of the grounds of Godstone Place and the lake may have been used to hold back water for a mill in conjunction with other lakes downstream.

Bay Pond itself is believed to have been made in 1611. The pond was dredged in 1986 after heavy siltation. The former stables and milk sheds have been converted for use by school groups.

Behind the White Hart Inn (which is adjacent to the site) there is a wild flower meadow which is alive with all kinds of invertebrates during the summer.

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

For information about fishing at Bay Pond, please contact Godstone Angling Club