Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds and those who enjoy bird-watching.
Owned by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, the reserve is made up of meadows and three lakes, with the River Wylye forming part of its border.
Summer visitors can settle into one of three bird hides to watch for Canada geese, tufted duck, great-crested grebe, and pochard; the spectacular osprey has also been spotted. Patient watchers may even spot the turquoise flash of the kingfisher as it hunts for food. As spring arrives, watch the grebes rising out of the water and shaking their heads in their dramatic courtship display. Thoughout the winter, shoveler and wigeon arrive to join the resident ducks. One of the UK’s most endangered and elusive birds, the bittern, has occasionally been seen creeping silently through the reeds at the water’s edge in the dark winter days.
Work undertaken by the Trust has made the river an excellent home for salmon, brown trout and grayling. Recently, otter and water vole have been spotted in and around the river. The Trust operates catch and release fishing at Langford Lakes.
Visitors can also enjoy locally sourced food and drink at the reserve’s Kingfisher Café, which offers a spectacular view over the main lake – with both indoor and outdoor seating, the café is a great spot to relax at any time of the year, and is sometimes also used for other activities such as yoga classes, work away days, and weddings. Please note that The Kingfisher Café is temporarily closed from 17 June until 11 July. It will reopen under licence to Ed Dibbles on Wednesday 12 July.
Dogs are not allowed on site in order to avoid disturbance to wildlife.
Accessibility at Langford Lakes
We have worked alongside Heritage Ability to produce free downloadable guides on the Langford Lakes website including:
- A large print reserve leaflet
- A visual pre-arrival guide
- An easy read leaflet
We also have a virtual tour video.
We have disabled parking bays next to the entrance to the café, with ramps suitable for wheelchairs going into the café building and the toilets.
Paths are flat throughout the nature reserve.
We allow for service dogs.
Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available to borrow from the café.
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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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* Opening Times for Kingfisher Cafe are 10-4pm (NB: The Kingfisher Café is temporarily closed from 17 June until 11 July. It will reopen under licence to Ed Dibbles on Wednesday 12 July.)
- Accessible to Wheelchair Users
- Assistance Dogs
- Facilities for Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Monthly pop-up-café, check our website for details of openings.
- Event venue
- Event Venue
- Free car parking
- Open All Year
- Free Entry
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- Parking (free)
- Family Fun
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted