Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve

Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve is an 88 acre open water, woodland and meadow site. A jewel on the eastern edge of the busy market town of Chard. As its name suggests the core of the reserve is a large reservoir that is now home to a great range of wildfowl and other wildlife. Visit the bird hide to best view these species up close, and pick up a bird-spotting leaflet to help you identify the trickier species. The reservoir site is a haven for birdwatchers, anglers and local walkers. The outer wildflower meadows are excellent examples of unimproved grassland awash with orchids and alive with insects in the summer months. The woodland that edges the reservoir itself is home to many species and is managed to maintain that diversity. A winding surfaced path through the woodlands, with boardwalks over the wetter areas, is a great way to explore the site and see wildlife. The reservoir is stocked with carp and anglers buy tickets to fish. A new natural play space provides children with the opportunity to climb and explore with new information panels throughout the reserve detailing information on the reserves history, wildlife and current management, as prepared by the volunteers. For those that want to help manage the site an active volunteer team runs every Wednesday & Friday carrying out tasks like reed bed management and woodland maintenance. The constituted Chard Volunteer Group help to raise funds for the reserve and help to deliver projects and events, including Bush Crafty Chard and Bug Crafty Chard activity days.

Park Facilities

Children's Play Area
Free parking
Nature Reserve
Walking Routes
Wildflower Area
Green Flag
Award Winner
Managing Organisation
South Somerset District Council
Rachael Whaites
01935 462462