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College Lake Nature Reserve

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Address: B488, Tring, England
Phone Number: 441442826774
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College Lake is a gem of the Chilterns. As you walk in the entrance you are greeted by one of many hardworking volunteers who will introduce you to College Lake and all it has to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2015
Andrew R
Aylesbury, United Kingdom

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015 NEW

College Lake is a gem of the Chilterns. As you walk in the entrance you are greeted by one of many hardworking volunteers who will introduce you to College Lake and all it has to offer.Behind the scenes are the paid staff backing up the volunteers as it really is the volunteers who keep the place ticking over.Out in the... More 

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 NEW

We had an educational visit, the ladies from the educational centre, Catherine and Clare were knowledgeable, friendly, good with the students and made us feel very welcome. It was very well organised, with a full itinerary. Our students really enjoyed the day, as did the adults. Good weather made it completely perfect, we will be coming back.

Oslo, Norway
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610 reviews
468 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Brilliant wildlife trust centre. Nice way marked paths and some good hides, very nice introduction to wildlife. Good to do in combination with the natural history museum

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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

College lake is fringed with that stuff that strikes fear into the manicured land owning classes: scrub. But that means it's great for wildlife and you are pretty much guaranteed an interesting walk here, on good paths whatever the weather. My only suggestions for improvements would be not closing the cafe an hour before closing time on the weekends and... More 

Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This would be a lovely place to visit in Spring/Summer when all the wild flowers are in bloom and would probably see more wildlife - it was an enjoyable walk - would definately visit again.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

My husband an I have been here a few times and there is always something different. Whether it be finches, sparrows, blackbirds and other common garden birds yo redstarts, terns and lapwings. There is a variety of habitats so the flowers vary as do the insects . Favourite hide is the woodland hide where you can look out onto a... More 

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Olney, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Even for those not particularly interested in wildlife and birds, this is a lovely place to walk. A beautiful spot, and for the birdwatchers, the perfect place. I first spotted in on Countryfile and it immediately went on my bucket list. A good visitor centre with knowedgeable staff, and the little restaurant/cafe ideal for a light bite. My friends who... More 

Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

The transformation of an old quarry into two lakes, field and woodland has created a great place to see wildlife, especially birds and butterflies. Plenty of parking, with a suggested donation of £3 which covers parking and entry. Bring binoculars to make the most of this if you are a birdwatcher: the highlight of our visit was watching two hobbies... More 

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38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Pleasant walk. plenty of wild flowers. Things to look at in the huts were a bit tired or broken. Cafe uninspiring.

Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Visited this nature reserve, reclaimd from the chalk quarries of a cement company back in 1988, and found the vast expanse of water with the few islands an ideal location to watch the varied array of birds. The waterside vegetation is a haven for insects and there are several ponds which attract dragon flies and damasels. Hides are located at... More 


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