Reports, with Bird Lists, of our Meetings, Walks and Outings

College Lake 2018
Wednesday morning walk

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 09:30


On a very nice day, 13 members turned out for a visit to BBOWT's flagship reserve at College Lake. We set off anti-clockwise for our walk around this worked-out chalk quarry. On the Environmental Education Centre* feeders were dunnock, greenfinch, great tit, blue tit, goldfinch and chaffinch. (* Next to the building that houses all the old farm machinery.)

Walking around the first lake, on the water were tufted ducks, wigeon, shoveler, gadwall and teal, but no pochard were seen all day.

Further round, at the second lake, we saw black-headed gulls, lesser black-backed gulls and 200-300 lapwings on the scrape. We only saw one other wader and that was a snipe.

From the Tump hide at the far end of the lake we saw four red-legged partridges. Nearby was a green woodpecker, then from the trail through Warden's Wood a buzzard was seen.

Walking back towards the visitor centre we saw a redwing and a small flock of long-tailed tits.

It turned out to be a very pleasant morning with 40 species of bird seen but very quiet and little movement of winter migrants.

Some of the group then had a coffee at the visitor centre, others went to the garden centre for refreshment, some went home but one went to the Tring reservoirs just a couple of miles away. Here he also saw greylag goose, pied wagtail, great crested grebe, little grebe, little egret, grey heron, feral pigeon and golden plover.

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College Lake, 14/11/2018, sunny

Mute Swan

Canada Goose






Tufted Duck

Red-legged Partridge



Red Kite

Common Buzzard





Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Herring Gull

Wood Pigeon

Green Woodpecker




Carrion Crow

Blue Tit

Great Tit

Coal Tit

Long-tailed Tit










40 Bird Species seen

Other Wildlife

Grey Squirrel

13 People

---- Original Programme Information ----

Meet at 9.30 am in College Lake car park, off the B488, HP23 5QG.  OS SP935138   Lat/Long: 51.8158, -0.6446
The car park may open only a few minutes before 9.30 am, so don't arrive too early.
Click here for a map of the car park location

Once a chalk quarry, now one of BBONT's (Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust) flagship nature reserves for birds, insects and plants. We will take a circular two mile wildlife walk, gentle slopes, can be muddy. We may take a path through Warden's Wood that is steep and narrow but those who don't want to take this path can follow the shorter normal route and meet us further along.

Habitats include marshland, chalk grassland, woodland, scrub and hedgerows. Since our last visit, a new pond has been constructed near the Tump hide.

Birdwatchers look for red-crested pochard, sparrowhawk, mistle thrush, gulls, common ducks, kingfisher, pintail, snipe, linnet, hobby, goldfinch, redwing, fieldfare, long-tailed tit, bullfinch, even peregrine.


  • Car Park. Free but a £3 donation is requested.
  • Café - cakes, sandwiches, snacks and hot/cold drinks.
  • Gift shop
  • Visitor centre
  • 2nd hand book shop
  • Picnic facilities
  • Toilets
  • Disabled toilet
  • Eleven hides, bird feeders in three areas

Click here for more information about the reserve

A bird hide overlooking a tranquil lake