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Linford Lakes Nature Reserve

The Parks Trust has completed the purchase of the freehold of the Hanson Environmental Centre and the Nature Reserve from Milton Keynes Council in March 2015.


What to see and do

Don’t miss

The site, which is at Great Linford on the Northern edge of Milton Keynes, was established as a wildfowl centre in 1982 following gravel extraction from the area. Linford Lake Nature Reserve is a 37 hectare wetland wildlife site which will now be managed and maintained by The Parks Trust. The site will continue to be used as a nature reserve and site for environmental education activities.

The area consists of a large lake, woodland and small meadows which are interlaced with a series of ponds and smaller lakes. The three bird hides located in the site gives visitors the opportunity to watch the wildlife and take in the spectacular scenery. The lakes attract Waterfowl, Waders and Heron, as well as the rarer Autumn/Winter visitors which include Smew and Great White Egret. The woodland is home to Voles and Wood Mice as well as the occasionally spotted Reeves Muntjac Deer. This site is undoubtedly a unique green space which provides one of the richest sites for wildlife in Milton Keynes. The Parks Trust will maintain the future of this site to continue and improve the biodiversity of the area.

A permit at the Linford Lakes Nature Reserve enables people to use the private reserve through the access road from Wolverton Road and includes access to the three bird watching hides. The reserve is ideal for bird and wildlife watchers, photographers and for those who enjoy nature and the unique environment that is found at the reserve. Click here to purchase or renew your Linford Lakes Nature Reserve permit.

Need to know

Getting there

The entrance to the Reserve is about halfway along the Newport Pagnell to Wolverton road (which runs north of and parallel to the A422, forming the northern boundary of Milton Keynes).

Coming from the east (the M1 and Newport Pagnell) this is on the right hand side in a row of Poplar trees shortly after passing the new Red House Park Estate and the traffic lights on the junction with Broadway Avenue.

From the west (via the A5) after passing through Wolverton and then New Bradwell you will pass the Black Horse pub on the right. The entrance to the Reserve is about 200yds further on the left hand side after the canal bridge.

At the entrance take the left fork and follow the tarmac drive to the Centre.

Linford Lakes Nature Reserve,
Wolverton Road,
Great Linford,
Milton Keynes,
MK14 5AH

Opening times

The park and car parks open at all times, however you will need a permit to access the site.


There are no refreshment facilities at Linford Lakes Nature Reserve other than during special events.