Langford Lakes, Steeple Langford
Langford Lakes is a nature reserve maintained by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Situated in Duck Street, Steeple Langford, just off the A36, it's an easy drive from central Salisbury.
The four lakes provide a vital stopping off point and resident habitat for about 150 different bird species and is therefore an ideal place for bird watching. The reserve has a relaxing atmosphere with good level paths and you can enjoy watching wildfowl from five hides overlooking the lakes. You may even see some rarities, such as osprey. Residents include kingfisher, water rail and gadwall.
In spring watch for great-crested grebes shaking their heads in courtship. Reed warbler, waders and terns drop in on their summer migration. As winter advances shoveler and wigeon join the other ducks present all year round and occasionally the endangered and secretive bittern pays a visit.
When gravel was excavated during the 1960s and 1970s the process left behind holes that filled with water and were turned into a commercial fishery. Since we acquired the lakes in 2001, we have created islands, ponds and wader scrapes that provide habitat for birds such as redshank and sandpiper that probe the mud for food. We have improved the 800m stretch of Wylye River for fish, designated a Special Area of Conservation. And we have transformed a neighbouring field into the Great Meadow wetland, which opened in September 2012.
We run many family and educational activities from our centre, which is also available to hire. You can get day tickets to fish on the Wylye for wild brown trout and grayling - catch and release only. Coarse fishing is available by joining our Langford Lakes Fishing Club. Access is provided for wheelchair anglers.
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