Buckland Lake Reserve


  Buckland Lake  is delighted to welcome our new managers Tammy and Jackie this August to our 5 Star rated 'CLIFFE CAFE'.   

* Sparkling new management *Great new menus, including all of your favourite breakfasts and chip based meals,

*Children's meals *Special meal days *Afternoon teas, wholesome food and vegetarian options

Wonderful views over the nature reserve, free parking, toilets and baby change area. Art work and gifts will be on exhibition and sale.

'The Nest' function room is available for hire for parties, events and training. Wonderful views, toilets and cafe.  Ask us for details of catering arrangements. 

Our new team looks forward to welcoming you with a smile 01634 220565


 The 'Kingfisher' Glamping cabin is now ready for hire. Please enquire for booking. 01634 220005 or 077994 03550 or Click Here for further details

   Kingfisher Glamping Cabin        Tea for two    Interior and beds     Walk in Shower

'Owl House and Kingfisher'. Two purpose built, two person Glamping cabins offering an unrivalled location set amongst the reeds overlooking the waters of our SSSI and Ramsar graded nature reserve.

* See Kingfishers, coots, moorhens, gulls, water voles, wildlife, beautiful skies and sunsets from your bed and private veranda.

* These are adapted for wheelchair users and those with mobility difficulties (Click here for details). Ideal for those seeking respite calm or just to enjoy being close to nature.

*Each comes with king size double bed and wheelchair standard shower and W.C, microwave and fridge

*Highly insulated, double glazed and electrically heated for simplicity and all year round use. 

* Feed the water voles or fish from your veranda.

* Buckland Lake Cliffe Cafe for meals.

* Car parking by cabins for one car

More details soon or call 01634 220005 or 077994 03550

The Reserve Walk - new rates better than ever

Why not enjoy a one and a half mile circular walk around the lake with a large 'all weather' bird hide and cliff top 'look out' platforms. Picnic benches are spaced at intervals round the walk to make it easy going? Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Adults £1.50, ten to sixteen year old's £1.00 under ten's go free.

The Fishery

The rudd have run to 4lb's so far and are expected to break the national all time record.

SPECIMIN LAKE Day ticket lake, just turn up and fish. Family friendly. Fully stocked specimin lake with carp all doubles to 34lbs. Pictures of the recent catches in the fishery office or call for information 01634 220005.  Tackle hire, bait and rod sales.

MIXED COARSE LAKE Day ticket lake, just turn up and fish. Family friendly. Perch, rudd, tench, barbel, F1's and carp. New disability access platforms. Carp to over 20lbs. Tackle hire, bait and rod sales.

TROUT LAKE . Day ticket lake, just turn up and fish. Family friendly. Rainbow and brown trout are always of the highest quality and greatest sport with depth of water up to 30 feet deep. Boat hire, tackle hire, bait and rod sales.

We offer 1:2:1 or group coaching for fly, coarse and pike fishing at very competitive prices. We also sell gift vouchers for fishing day tickets or tuition on our coarse, trout and specimen lakes. These make ideal presents for all occasions, and now that we have credit card facilities you can order gift cards over the phone and we can post them out to you. These make the perfect birthday/anniversary/thank you /father’s day/ presents.

 We take most major credit and debit cards at the lakes.

We run a loyalty card systemr of - buy 5 day tickets  and get the 6th FREE! 

The facilities for disabled anglers The new platforms are easy to access and provide more space. We have two  wheelchair accessible toilets by the fishery managers cabin and  lakeside parking for blue badge holders nearby. 

Buckland Dive Centre 

Janine and Tony Mansford and Nick Jackson  are now running the dive centre. Please phone Janine on 07733225128 or Tony on 07748767569 or email - janine.mansford@btinternet.com or tony.mansford@btinternet.com for opening times and further information.

Day diving, and training of a full range of exciting courses as you would expect from a PADI 5 star dive centre. Toilets, changing room, wet tea hut and classroom. Diving from pontoons and stair exit from water. The new enclosed shallow diving area means we can train right from the start. This is now a sport that can be enjoyed all year round. Weekends mainly, please phone for details.

                                                                Divers at Buckland Lake

Our recent bird box survey again confirmed that approximately  75% of the nest boxes around the reserve have been used for nesting. 
Blue tits, Great tits and wrens have been making good use out of the ready made homes. The woodcrete boxes ‘which are made from sawdust and concrete’ were the most popular! 
Some field mice have been useing the Robin boxes ‘which are partially open fronted’ for hiding in while they eat the damson curnals and hawthorn berries. 

Kent wildlife gold award

Buckland Lake Reserve achieved its forth major wildlife award this year, receiving a Gold gardening for wildlife award from the Kent Wildlife Trust. 

The three new large reptile hibernaculum’s are now maturing and we hope they will help increase the number of reptiles that we have including common lizards, slow worms and grass snakes.

Buckland Lake Reserve also acheived its forth major wildlife award this year, receiving a Gold gardening for wildlife award from the Kent Wildlife Trust. 

The reserve grows in diversity every year and this year and last we have recorded two very special species in the Brown banded, bombus humilis, which is nationally rare and the Shrill carder, bombus sylvarum, which is nationally rare and endangered. We must be doing something right.



                                                                                    Picture below of the cygnet up-tail dabbling!

Bottoms up!

Bird count:

Throughout the year the BTO carry our bird counts for official records and we thank Paul Larkin who has done this for us over the last thirteen years. Bird counts have been good this year and there is seldom less than 150 -200 birds on the lake including coots, moorhens, mute swans, great crested grebes, little grebe,  tufted ducks, mallard and shoveler. It is interesting that we have far fewer birds than we had here in the early 2000's. Particularly lacking are the big rafts of pochard we used to get and this is a common situation locally and for many parts of the country. The consensus of opinion seems to be that warming climates mean many of these migrating duck now stay at home and do not bother to come to the UK over winter now.

There are picnic benches around the lakes and we would like to encourage as many people to come to the reserve and have a walk and a picnic while enjoying the views across the lakes.  There are always lots of different flowers and plants to see through the year and plenty of wildlife to spot.

Function room (The Nest) for hire

The building enjoys far reaching views across the fishery lakes from its wall of large windows. The white and light timber interior creates a crisp professional look which is ideal for hosting for functions of all types.
The room can hold up to 40 people when seated in rows and around 25+ when sitting at tables ‘both of which we provide for you’. The room is well lit with overhead strip lighting, a small kitchenette, and heating. 
We can arrange catering via our  Cliffe Cafe if you require it, anything from cold buffets, breakfast baps and homemade cakes to hot meals / xmas dinner.

Buckland Lake class room and lecture facility

The room is for hire all year round and costs from £30.00 for a half days hire and £60.00 for a full day.
There is plenty of hard surface parking right outside and the Reserve is well sign posted from the B2000. Making it an ideal location for events, meetings or family gatherings.

We are fortunate enough to be chosen as a filming site for several films and photo's shoots from fashion to wildlife photography and art classes

Buckland Lake is available as a filming location and what with the large lakes, isolated location, parking and facilities it makes for an ideal filming site.


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