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Jonathan L wrote a review Sep 2020
Somerset, United Kingdom261 contributions103 helpful votes
Have been here many times now and what a pleasant experience it is ..lovely for a walk with the dogs or cycling around..Popular with ornithologists and anglers.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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lesleypuplett wrote a review Aug 2020
Sherborne, United Kingdom401 contributions253 helpful votes
Stopped on our way back from Lyme Regis on the motorbike. As people have already said quite tricky to find as the car park is situated on a housing estate. But what a find. You would never know all this was here. We rode round to the anglers car park so it seems you can walk right around. We will definitely come back for a longer visit and walk. Was lovely.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Gillian T wrote a review Aug 2020
Newbridge, United Kingdom55 contributions29 helpful votes
Lovely walk along the reservoir watching & listening to the birds. There were plenty of benches to sit & watch the wildlife .
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Lukeozade wrote a review Aug 2020
Chard, United Kingdom16 contributions4 helpful votes
Chard reservoir is an under appreciated local nature reserve. There are two car parks to access the site, the main car park can be a little tricky to find if you are unfamiliar with area as you will drive down towards a new build housing estate. Once there, there is a large meadow in which you can walk the dogs which is spread across three fields. There’s a small play area, and a conservation only area where the bird hide is located, which has a nice walk around the wooded area to see woodland species of birds such as the great spotted woodpeckers. No dogs are allowed in this area. If you then go through the meadow, you can walk the entire length of the reservoir now, providing that you keep your dogs on short leads and avoid the waters edge (many wader birds have started to appear but unfortunately people want to get close to the water). This will then lead you around to the fisherman’s car park, depending on which car park you accessed first. There is a friendly domestic goose resident in this car park, don’t let him put you off! Also at this end of the car park are many resident great crested grebes which I think are the real stars of the reservoir. Other birds include mallards, Canada geese and the resident mute swans along with other migrant visitors. The reservoir is lucky to be surrounded by a large set of trees which provide homes to bullfinches, robins and many other species. Please take grains or fresh food rather than bread to avoid any rats. You can then take the cycle route back to the beginning to provide you with a full decent walk around the reservoir, or follow the road back from the fisherman’s car park to the other side. Highly recommend on a summers evening. You may be lucky enough to see the resident roe deer or bats. No cycling to be allowed through the reserve but there is a cycle path nearby, I think it is important for people to understand it is intended for nature. Other reviews complain about not being able to use the water, but it’s actually a really important ground for nesting birds who don’t need to be disturbed by bots etc! There are eco toilets at the fisherman’s car park. Not many bins so take the rubbish home, many people during lockdown have sadly decided to leave rubbish lying around. Overall a great experience for free for looking for nature.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Sandra C wrote a review Jul 2020
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We found this by accident on the way into chard so decided to stop. Really easy to follow the footpaths and find your way around with plenty of seating for you to rest on and enjoy the nature and peace. Good way to spend an hour.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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