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The Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve occupies 36 hectares (90 acres) north of the River Blackwater and lies in the boroughs of Bracknell Forest and Wokingham, in Berkshire, England. It comprises three lakes: Colebrook North, Colebrook South and Grove Lake. Gravel extraction continues to the west of the Reserve and will extend the reserve considerably over the next 10 years or so. A footpath runs along much of the River Blackwater which is adjacent to the Reserve and the current workings. This provides reasonable, but sometimes distant, views of the lakes and the exposed gravel workings. There are 2 hides on the Reserve providing good views of the lakes.
The Reserve is owned by CEMEX, the quarry operator. The Moor Green Lakes Group helps maintain the Reserve and carries out extensive monitoring and recording of the wildlife on and around the Reserve. The Group website at gives detailed information about the Reserve and its wildlife. You can join the 500+ members of the Moor Green Lakes Group for just £3 per year which provides the Annual Report and News Letters as well as access to the hides. There are public viewing screens adjacent to the hides for non-members, but if a Member is present, then they will normally provide access for non-members (useful if it is raining!). The website gives information on joining the Moor Green Lakes Group.

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From the A321 south of Wokingham, then west on the B3016 after about 2 km. The main access to the Reserve is from Lower Sandhurst Road where a car park has been provided (Ordnance Survey grid reference SU805628). The shortest access to the Grove Lake hide is from the car park at the entrance to the Horseshoe Lake Water Sports Centre off Mill Lane (grid reference SU820620).


The Reserve is fenced and viewing access is from the footpaths around the perimeter and from the hides. Wheelchair access is available from the Lower Sandhurst Road car park to the Colebrook hide. There are public viewing screens adjacent to the hides for non-members, but if a Member is present, then they will normally provide access for non-members (useful if it is raining!). The website gives information on joining the Moor Green Lakes Group.
There are volunteer conservation work parties from September to March, the dates of these are on the website. These involve activities around the lakes and on the islands. If you are planning a visit, particularly with a group, then it is worth contacting the Site Liaison Officer to select a date when there unlikely to be any disturbance on the Reserve. He can be contacted via the website, .


The car park off Lower Sandhurst Road (SU805628) is locked at night. It is normally open by 08:00 and locked at 19:00, or dusk if earlier. The alternative parking (SU820620) is normally open at any time. Don't leave valuables visible in parked cars, there have been occasional break-ins.

Opening Times

Any reasonable time.


A map board is provided in each car park showing the layout of the Reserve and footpaths. A notice board is provided at the entrance of the Reserve 100m from the Lower Sandhurst Road car park. This shows recent and forthcoming events and a summary of the previous month's bird sightings. The monthly bird summaries are also available on the Moor Green Lakes Group website.

Key Areas / Routes

The lakes on the Reserve hold the bulk of the winter wildfowl, but most of the waders and winter gulls will be found on the area west of the Reserve. This area consists of 52 hectares (128 acres) of open and restored gravel workings, including the beginnings of a 10 hectare reedbed.

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