College Lake

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College Lake, Upper Icknield Way, Bulbourne, Tring. HP23 5QG

An outstanding centre for wildlife that delights and informs wildlife watchers of all ages.

College Lake, Buckinghamshire

The visitor centre is an ecosustainable building that offers a panoramic view of the reserve.

Our younger visitors can pick up a fantastic Nature Passport that guides them around the reserve as well as participating in various challenges and activities.

Facilities include:

  • Lake view café offering delicious hot and cold refreshments
  • Gift shop
  • Picnic facilities
  • Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing
  • 11 bird hides around the reserve
  • Signposted walk routes and ‘QR’ code trail
  • Farming and wildlife exhibition
  • Car parking and admission to the centre are free. We welcome donations.

Assistance dogs are permitted inside the centre but dogs are not allowed out on the reserve.

Find out more on the College Lake reserve page. Follow the centre on Twitter.

What’s On At College Lake

Wild at Heart: Love Amphibians
Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st February,
1pm – 3pm. £4 per child

The session runs from are Barn, please drop in any time between 1pm and 3pm. It takes about ten minutes to walk to the Barn from the Visitor Centre.
Dress for indoor and outdoor activities.

College Lake Guided Walk
Sunday 24th February, 10.30am – 12.30am

College Lake is a diverse site with many habitats. Join us for a walk around the lake and learn about the site and its wildlife as well as its history and management.
Please wear footwear you are comfortable walking in and come prepared for the weather with waterproofs etc.

Spring Returns Guided Walk
Saturday 23rd March, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Spring is a fantastic time of year at College Lake. Birds are returning and starting to sing. Flowers are starting to bloom and the reserve feels like it is waking after a long sleep. Join us for a walk around the lake to look at the wildlife around the site and enjoy the beauty of spring.


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Summer opening times from 15th February until 30th October 2016: Reserve 9.30am-5pm Last admission 1 hour before closing Café 10am-4pm
Upper Icknield Way
Tring HP23 5QG GB
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