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Fowlmere Nature Reserve

Description and Walk

The Fowlmere Nature Reserve is situated between Fowlmere and Melbourn in Cambridgeshire. The reserve is a section of land set aside by a farm, and was previously used as an area where watercress was grown. The reserve’s reedbeds and pools are fed by natural chalk water, meaning that they are particularly clean and clear.

Fowlmere is home to a wide range of wildlife and waterfowl, and has been designated an area of special scientific interest; it covers an area of approximately 40 hectares (40 football pitches).

We visited on a bit of a grim day when wildlife seemed to be in hiding, and that year the Kingfishers were a complete no-show. The site lacks the odd open field or meadow that other nature reserves have, which makes for a more closed-in, slightly overgrown feel. It does have a large hide that was popular with photographers and a populated owl box, though of course the owl is not out much during the day.

Short Video of Fowlmere RSPB Nature Reserve

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Parking address: RSPB Fowlmere, Mill Rd, Royston SG8 6EZ

At the time of our visit the car park was not free and only accepted payment by card - this was pre-covid. The reason, we assumed, was that the site is fairly remote and coin payment would invite theft.

It would be possible to park for free on verges in Mill Road (quiet country lane), but then you would have to walk some way along the service road to reach the nature reserve. Click on the Google Maps link, below, and use the little yellow man to see the layout there.

Google Map

Fowlmere RSPB nature reserve parking

Parking available on the nature reserve.

Parking is by card payment, only.

Parking is by card payment, only.

Place/s to Eat

Address: The Green Man, Dunsbridge Turnpike, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6RA

The Green Man is a 4 minute car ride away from the nature reserve. The pub has a children's play area and a beer garden.

Tel: 01763 261921


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The Green Man in Royston

Further Information

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RSPB Fowlmere website here

The Green Man here.

Google map here.

PDF with details

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