It is best to use the small car park adjacent to the Playground in Seaton Road, Wickhambreaux. From there walk to the nearest bend in the road and use the style to enter the field. Cross the field diagonally and use the far style to continue between the lake and the Little Stour. The lakes are private and reserved for fishing.

At this point the Little Stour is a shallow chalk stream, and in summer there will be plenty of damselflies and dragonflies on the wing. Across the river is woodland which in late spring is alive with birdsong, blackcaps, common chiffchaff, garden warblers, common and lesser whitethroats are heard and seen. Iberian chiffchaff has been seen singing here. An occasional kingfisher may pass and grey wagtails forage in and alongside the stream.

Overlooking the lake, you can see a variety of wildfowl, and occasionally uncommon species like mandarin duck, which have been known to breed locally.  In winter resident species are joined by winter grebes, goosanders, or divers. Ring-necked duck has been seen here.

Herons and egrets may be foraging at the margins, and bittern have been seen in the reedbeds.

Following the stream past the lakes you come to a bridge leading into the woodland.  Walking into the woodland, soon after entering turning left will bring you to aa w clearing where adders and viviparous lizards bask in the Spring sunshine.

In the past there have been large murmurations of starlings at dusk.

Best time to visit:
Spring for singing warblers. Summer for dragonflies. Winter for grebes and wildfowl.

Location

Postcode: CT3

Latitude / Longitude: 51.284751619142, 1.1876331481934

What3Words: times.song.ourselves

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