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Cotswold Water Park Gloucestershire

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The Cotswold Water Park covers some 8600 hectares (33 sq. miles), part in Gloucestershire and part in Wiltshire. It includes some 130 lakes covering over 1,000 hectares of the Upper Thames Valley. The Water Park is of national nature conservation importance for wintering and breeding wetland birds. Ten of the lakes are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the assemblages of aquatic plants that thrive in the clear lime-rich waters. High-quality water also means the area supports huge numbers of dragonflies. Within the Water Park there are several limestone rivers and streams (Swill Brook, Churn, Ampney Brook, Coln and Leach) running into the River Thames. Between the gravel workings there are a number of unimproved wildflower meadows of which eight are designated SSSIs. (Information extracted with permission from the booklet "Wildlife in the Cotswold Water Park", published by the Cotswold Water Park Society and available from them at Keynes Country Park.)


Cotswold Water Park
Keynes Country Park Centre, Spratsgate Lane, Shorncote, Cirencester GL7 6DF

Contact Details

Telephone: 01285 861459


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Birding Sites in the Cotswold Water Park Area

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Several car parks around the complex

Opening Times

Largely unlimited.


There is a bird hide overlooking the nature reserve at Keynes Country Park (Lake 34) where records of bird sightings are kept along with details of birdwatching walks. In the eastern section there are hides overlooking Whelford Pools (Lake 111 and 111b) and also a hide overlooking Lake 119. There are also plans for hides overlooking the Shorncote reedbed.

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