Clophill Lakes

The Greensand Trust wishes to establish a Nature Reserve, enabling otters, sand martins and colourful dragonflies in the wetlands, to skylarks and wildflowers in the grassland areas.  We will also provide public access in a sensitive and sustainable manner which conserves and enhances these emerging habitats, whilst enabling visitors to share in the benefits this very special environment provides.

Please help us achieve this by supporting our Clophill Lakes Appeal 

Establishment works continue at Clophill Lakes 

Establishment works continue at Clophill Lakes Nature Reserve, with the current focus being on groundwork for utilities and finishing off surfaces. There is still much work to be completed before we can make the site available for public access in 2024, including installing additional bridges, finishing paths, laying services and infrastructure as well as creating bird hides, fencing and conservation work.

No public access

While the new nature reserve continues to be developed, it’s essential that members of the public do not enter what is essentially a building site for their safety and to protect the ecology of the site – this applies to everywhere other than the existing Public Right of Way.

Haven for wildlife

The Clophill Lakes site is an important haven for wildlife. It includes the Cainhoe Lakes County Wildlife Site (CWS) recognised for its habitat mosaic of semi-improved acid and neutral grassland, woodland, scrub, hedgerows, marshy grassland, swamp, ditches, ponds and lakes. As winter approaches we look forward to the return of wintering birds to the site - both waders and wildfowl.

Charity appeal

The establishment works are going well, and our fundraising appeal is still ongoing – we’re very thankful to everyone who has contributed so far. We’re half way to our target so if you’re able to contribute to this worthy local cause, then we’d be very grateful. Please visit our website and give whatever you can – thank you.