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College Lake Nature Reserve

College Lake

A truly memorable wildlife experience for all the family. A former chalk quarry, near Tring in Buckinghamshire, this reserve has been transformed into a thriving centre for wildlife by the Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust and supports more than 1,000 species. It boasts panoramic views of the surrounding farmland and Chiltern hills and has become a haven for many migrating birds.

There is a visitor centre, farming museum and numerous bird hides. There are waymarked trails around the lakes with spectacular views. There is also an easy access trail.

The Reserve is especially good for waterbirds, orchids and butterflies.

Facilitiescollege lake visitor centre

Car park, visitor centre with information and refreshments, toilets, education facilities.

Getting There

2 miles north of Tring. Go north on the B488, ¼ mile north of canal bridge at Bulbourne turn left into entrance marked with green BBOWT signs.

Opening Times

The site is open every day apart from a few days between xmas and new year. Opening times are 09.30 - 16.00 (Winter) or 17.00 (Summer).  Last entry is always 1 hour before closing time.


There is over 1 mile of accessible trail, though parts of this may be difficult for some users because of slopes or surfacing. There are 2 mobility tramper vehicles available to use, tel 01442 826774.


Keep an eye on our Events page for details of birdwatching and family events at College Lake.


Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust

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Dogs Allowed

No dogs except guide dogs to avoid disturbance to wildlife.


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