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Sheepwalk Lake

A haven for ducks, grebes and an abundance of other waterbirds.

Until a few decades ago the whole of this site was farmland which was then dug for commercial gravel extraction in the 1950s. Although many other gravel pits in the area were used as landfill sites, here the pits were allowed to flood.

Today the flooded pits provide a haven for hundreds of ducks, grebes and other waterbirds.

There are always some birds to see at Sheepwalk, either on the water or in the nearby shrubs and trees, over 100 species use these lakes. Some stay and breed, others visit during either the summer or winter and a few just drop in or get blown here by bad weather.

Look out for: kingfisher, heron, moorhen, coot, tufted duck, tern, great crested grebe, cormorant, robin, siskin, redpoll and long-tailed tit.

Listen out for: Canada geese, swallow, willow warbler and goldcrest.

A tern raft is anchored on the lake to provide a safe shingle island for the terns to breed and raise their young.

Species and habitats


Nearby nature reserves

Thorpe Hay Meadow
3 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Manor Farm
4 miles - Surrey Wildlife Trust
Crane Park Island
5 miles - London Wildlife Trust

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Sheep Walk
TW17 0AN
Map reference
TQ 070 675
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Best time to visit
Jun - Oct
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8.96 hectares
Limited parking. Access from Sheep Walk, via B373 or B376
Dogs allowed
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Tel: 01483 795440