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Swillbrook Lakes Nature Reserve

Swillbrook Lakes, part of the Cotswold Water Park, is one of the finest spots in the area for birdwatching. Used for gravel extraction in the 1960s, this area is a fine example of a wildlife haven created by human activity. A mass of shallow pools provide ideal conditions for dragonflies and damselflies. Small breeding populations of wildfowl are joined by wintering birds, and some unusual birds migrating birds.

Highlights: Chiff-chaff, sand martins and swallows are regular visitors. Hobbys gather to feast on dragonflies, and winter visitors include mallard, gadwall, wigeon, pochard, tufted duck and goldeneye.

Dragonflies and damselflies appear from midsummer onwards, 13 species are recorded here. The bright common blue damselfly is one of the most numerous, but you will also see blue-tailed and emerald damselflies. The powder-blue black-tailed skimmer Dragonfly is a regular.

Location: Turn off the A419 onto the Cotswold Water Park Spine Road. Cross the B4696 and take the next left, Minety Lane, after about 1.5 miles. Parking is in the gateway on either side of the road, after about 1/2 mile. Swillbrook Lakes nature reserve and information board is on the east side of the road.

Grid reference: SU 018 934.

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These maps are intended as a guideline only; you must check the exact location of the reserve yourself. Wildlife Extra assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or usefulness of the information on this website.


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