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Blashford Lakes comprise an education reserve extending over 200 hectares, with flooded gravel pits and a study centre managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust for the benefit of people and wildlife alike. This is possible through a partnership with the New Forest District Council, Bournemouth and West Hampshire Water and Wessex Water.
The main paths are all rolled gravel with shallow gradients. At access points the kissing gates have RADAR keys for wider opening to allow passage of wheelchairs and buggies. A key can be borrowed from the Education Centre by arrangement. There are disability buggies available to borrow - to book, call 01425 472 760.
There are opportunities for birdwatching from the hide overlooking Ivy Lake, within the reserve itself, behind screens around the Mockbeggar Lakes, located off Ellingham Drove, Gorley Road and Mockbeggar Lane and behind a screen located off the permissive path along the west shore of Ellingham Lake.
Visitors to the reserve are welcome whenever the Education Officer is on site - as these times can vary please call in advance to avoid disappointment. The Study Centre is open throughout the year for use by schools, youth groups or adult groups.
Open all the time
Open from 09:00 to 16:30 daily apart from Christmas day. During these hours the car park, all bird hides and Centre building with toilets are open. Outside these hours the paths are accessible but there is no vehicle access.
- Education/study area
- Disabled access