Know before you go
Parking informationNo car park - access on foot from Sheep Walk
Public access managed by Surrey County Council, conservation managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust
Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitYear round
About the reserve
Sheepwalk Lake was once farmland, which was dug for commercial gravel extraction in the 1950s. Although many other gravel pits in the area were used as landfill sites, the pits were allowed to flood and today they provide a haven for hundreds of ducks, grebes and other waterbirds.
Over 100 species of bird use these lakes - both migratory and resident. Look out for kingfishers, herons, moorhens, coots, tufted ducks, great crested grebes and cormorants. A tern raft is also anchored on the lake to provide a safe shingle island for the terns to breed and raise their young.