Tring Reservoirs is renowned as one of the best bird watching sites in the south of England. Located on the border of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, Tring Reservoirs is a group of 4 separate reservoirs (Startops End, Marsworth, Tringford and Wilstone) with approx. 100 hectares of reedbeds, wet woodland and open water habitats. Originally built between 1802 and 1817 to feed the main Grand Union canal, the reservoirs are now a Site of Special Scientific Interest managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Hosting a range of both native and migrating birds, there's so much to see at every time of the year - from pochards, widgeons and the occasional goldeneye in winter, hobby, osprey and great crested grebes in the spring, oyster catchers in the autumn, as well as sedge warblers, passage waders, peregrine falcons, kingfishers, canadian geese and herons, and this is to name just a few! Plus, when dusk starts to fall, you can sit back and look out for the pipistrelle, brandts, noctule and daubentons bats.
And what's best is this great spot is directly next to the main Grand Union canal, so when you visit here on a narrowboat holiday with us, you can moor up and birdwatch from the bow of the boat, with all your home comforts right next to you.
How to get here: Moor up at the bottom of lock 40 and you'll be right next to the Startops and Marsworth Reservoirs. Alternatively moor along the far end of the Wendover Arm and both Tringford and Wilstone reservoirs are just a short walk away.