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Tring Reservoirs

One of the best birdwatching spots in southern England, Tring Reservoirs has a diverse range of birdlife to spot.

Wilstone Reservoir, one of the four Tring Reservoirs, was made famous by the first nesting in this country of black-necked grebes in 1918. It is also home to the rare mudwort plant, and hobbies can be spotted hunting across the water. Tringford Reservoir, the smallest of the four, has a tranquil ambience. The open water of Startop’s Reservoir attracts grebes and, if conditions are suitable, little ringed plovers. Marsworth Reservoir has large corn bunting roosts, and the occasional sighting of bitterns in winter.


Tring Reservoirs is owned by Canal and Rivers Trust and managed by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust. 


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Reserve information

3km north west of Tring
HP23 4PA
Map reference
SP 904 134
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Nov - Feb
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Opening Times
Open at all times.
55.00 hectares
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Muddy paths and steep slopes in places. Wilstone hide is 15 minutes from the car park.
Walking information
Very steep steps from the car park to the top of the reservoir banks. It is often exposed to cold winds so please wear warm clothing. Wellingtons are advised during autumn and winter.
Car park at entrance.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Tel: 01727 858901


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