Nesting great crested grebe

© Amy Lewis

A former gravel extraction site. This reserve is now a haven for ducks, grebes and an abundance of other waterbirds.


Sheep Walk
TW17 0AN

OS Map Reference

A static map of Sheepwalk Lake

Know before you go

9 hectares

Parking information

No car park - access on foot from Sheep Walk


Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

Year 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.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email:

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

For information about fishing at Sheepwalk Lake, please contact the Civil Service Angling Club

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