Fishlake Meadows nature reserve is a spectacular wetland, home to hunting ospreys, elusive bitterns, migratory cuckoos and murmurating starlings. It's also supports other species like otters, water voles, 24 species of dragonfly and damselfly, and an impressive variety of plants. It really is the ultimate destination for all nature lovers.
The unique habitats of Fishlake Meadows established themselves after farming of the land ceased over the last two decades. Unusually, the reserve now boasts a mix of floodplain habitats rarely seen in our chalk river valleys.
Best times to visit:
Visit in winter to see wildfowl, visiting marsh harriers and majestic great white egrets.
Spring brings reed and sedge warblers as well as a great variety of migrant birds.
In summer you’ll see dragonflies, fen vegetation and marsh orchids.
Fishlake Meadows is open at all times with free entry. Visit the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for more information.
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