Chard Reservoir LNR  is open for visitors.

An eco (self composting) toilet is on site, but there are no hand washing facilities so you will need to bring your own hand sanitizer.


A jewel on the eastern edge of the busy market town of Chard. The reservoir site is a haven for birdwatchers, anglers and local walkers. The outer wildflower meadows are excellent examples of unimproved grassland awash with orchids and alive with insects in the summer months. The woodland that edges the reservoir itself is home to many species and is managed to maintain that diversity. The water is an attraction for a broad spectrum of birds and wildfowl including a strengthening population of grebes. The reservoir is stocked with carp and anglers pay a licence to fish.

Chard Reservoir Leaflet

A leaflet about this site is available to download or email us and request a copy.