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  • Backwell Lake

    Blackwell lake 660

    Open all year round, Backwell Lake nature reserve near Nailsea in Somerset is home to a diversity of wildlife, habitats and a scenic walk.

    Wildlife and activities

    Since its construction in the 1970s, the lake has developed into an important habitat for wildlife such as birds, bats and insects.

    We work with local groups to conserve and enhance the wildlife around the site and have changed the management of grass to help flowers such as orchids grow.

    The lake supports more than 10 species of birds including mute swans, tufted ducks and grey herons. 

    At least 19 species of common and rare dragonflies have been recorded, including the scarce chaser, southern hawker and broad bodied chaser.

    The thriving insect life on site helps support pipstrelle and daubenton bats which visitors can see feeding at dusk or dawn.

    Code of conduct

    Visitors to the site are asked to observe the following:

    • fishing, cycling and swimming is not allowed
    • children must be supervised at all times
    • visitors should keep a safe distance from the water
    • dogs must be kept on leads and their waste disposed of safely in onsite bins
    • litter should be placed in bins or taken home
    • the car park must only be used by visitors of the lake.


    Opening times: no opening restrictions

    Location: Backwell Lake is between Backwell and Nailsea, North Somerset

    Postcode: BS48 1TN

    OS grid reference: ST478964

    By public transport: Nailsea and Backwell Station is 0.1 miles away. Local buses serve Station Road; the nearest bus stop is at the railway station.

    By cycle: The National Cycle Route 33 ends 0.5 miles south of the lake on Backwell Common with the rest of the route via a main road. Please note that no cycling is allowed on site. A bike rack is provided at Nailsea and Backwell Station.

    By foot: Local footpaths from Nailsea and Backwell end across the road from the lake.

    Mobile phone/data signal: Network dependent.

    Activities available: walking, birdwatching

    Facilities available: public car park, visitor information panels, accessible path.

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