Abberton is the fourth largest reservoir in England with an area of nearly 5 square kilometres (1,200 acres) and it's full of birds. Due to its location near the East coast fly-way more then 280 bird species have been seen here. It is also a protected Ramsar Site. Many waterbirds and waders can be seen here like Northern Pintail, Ruff, Garganey, Smew, Goosander, Black-tailed Godwit, Water Rail, Great Bittern, European Marsh Harrier and many more.
Best way to explore the reservoir is by bicycle. On the map you find a circular cycle ride of 10 miles (16 km). It follows quiet roads and country lanes. Habitats seen include open water, reedbed, scrapes and lagoons, rough grassland, wood, scrub, pasture and arable farmland. The cycle route starts at the visitor centrer. If you want to explore Abberton Reservoir by foot, you can walk some very nice trails around the visitor centre.
Terrain and HabitatScattered trees and bushes, Wetland, Grassland, Lake, Reedbeds, Agriculture
Is a telescope useful?Yes
Good birding seasonAll year round
Best time to visitSpring migration, Autumn migration
RoutePaved road, Unpaved road, Wide path
Difficulty walking trailAverage walk
Accessible byFoot, Bicycle
Birdwatching hide / platformYes
Notice: After heavy rains, part of the route can be very muddy and not suitable for cycling, so only start cycling this route in dry weather conditions.