Please be aware that there is blue-green algae in the water at Testwood Lakes nature reserve at the moment. Please do not swim or let your dog swim in the water. Blue-green algae can pose a serious health risk through both ingestion and inhalation.
Testwood Lakes is a wonderful nature reserve to visit with the family. The great variety of birdlife to which Testwood Lakes plays host can be viewed from two strategically placed hides, and there’s something to see all year round.
Lapwings, oyster catchers and great crested grebes feed and roost on the lakes during the spring, and summer brings beautiful clouds of dragonflies and damselflies. Emperor dragonflies, black-tailed skimmers, southern hawkers and beautiful demoiselles can be seen darting overhead – their striking colour combinations can make for some impressive aerial displays. Winter sees the arrival of migratory birds such as great white egrets, as well as teals, wigeons and shovelers.
Rolled gravel paths around the reserve make walking with pushchairs easy, and our accessible Education Centre is fully equipped with a toilet and baby changing facilities. We also have accessible bird hides. This reserve is owned by Southern Water and managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.