For fishery opening times please see fishing page
For Rowing fun on our beatuiful trout lake please see news page
The reserve is open 7 days a week on most days of the year. now winter hours approximately 7.30 AM - 4PM
The Cliff Cafe is open from 9am to 3pm 7 days a week on most days of the year **** Cafe closed for Christmas on 23rd December reopens 3rd January****
Above: A beautiful summers day on Buckland Lake
Buckland Lake is an exciting wildlife project, to convert a flooded 60 acre chalk quarry into a first class nature reserve, education facility, fishery, cafe and dive centre. This is a project for everyone. Especially catering for families, the elderly and disabled. We want everybody to have an enjoyable time while visiting to learn about wildfowl, conservation and care of the environment in this amazing part of the country.
We aim to achieve a blend that preserves, enhances and promotes the interests of wildlife while at the same time, offers a secure, relaxed and comfortable environment for people, with something for all visitors. From a cup of tea and a pleasant stroll to hands on wildlife courses. Nothing too big and nothing too small. Wildlifel engagement as simple or as advanced as you wish. This is a serious wildlife project but it’s about having fun too.
For everyone that enjoys time in the environment, there is someone else that will help to defend what they enjoy.
Located near the historic village of Cliffe in Kent, between Rochester and Gravesend, this area is one of the most spectacular and important areas in Europe for resident and migratory wildfowl. The extensive Thames and Medway estuary mud flats can host hundreds of thousands of wildfowl during an average winter.
Above: This 2009 photograph of Buckland Lake outlines the location for our fishery pools. To view the map full size click here. Designated as part of the national and internationally important nature area of the North Kent Marshes (SSSI and Ramsar), Buckland Lake also provides protected inland roosting for wildfowl during hard winters. Warmer winters have however reduced that function but now our new and exciting plans to create optimised resources for feeding, breeding and roosting, mean it is set to become far more important than ever before. See History. The RSPB ‘Cliffe Pools,’ lie just past our door and are a paradise for dedicated bird spotters and walkers across miles and miles of open countryside abound.