Your Private Visit
After last year's success with privately booked visits to the nature reserve, Withymead is delighted to offer exclusive access bookings once again for 2022. Become immersed in its 13 acres of wetland and woodland habitats; enjoy observing its flora and fauna undisturbed, or simply relax and take in the beauty and quiet this green space has to offer.
Cared for by two resident wardens and volunteers, it is a tranquil haven for wildlife, known for its Loddon lilies, reed fen, riverside wildlife and as the location of Springfield Works, a late 19th century boatyard established by boat builder Samuel Saunders. Considerable work over the winter months allows nature to flourish and thrive, ready for you to enjoy first-hand during the spring and summer months.
Feel free to bring a picnic to sit and enjoy at our waterfront deck, or a flask of tea or coffee to sip whilst perched in one of our hides.
This booking is open to all: individuals, families, friends, clubs, not for profit organisations and educational groups or anyone who wishes to savour this local wildlife site.
There is no fixed charge for the visit on booking - but donations to the charitable trust on site to support the upkeep of this natural gem are greatly appreciated.
To book a visit to Withymead, please add a ticket, then choose an available date and time slot. The site is open by appointment until Saturday 27 August 2022 on Fridays and Saturdays ONLY. Routine time slots are: 10:00am-12:00pm, 12:00-14:00pm, 14:00-16:00pm.
Although the site is closed Monday – Thursday, if you have a special requirement such as early morning photography, a painting day for a group, mobility access requirements or special shielding needs, please click on Send Enquiry and fill in the details and we will do what we can to accommodate you.
Please arrive on time for your booking. One of our wardens will meet you at the car park and take you to the reserve.
WC facilities are available on site. Please note there is no café on site; please bring any refreshments you may need for the duration of your booking.
To protect wildlife we regret that dogs (excluding assistance dogs) are not allowed onto the main site, however well-behaved dogs are allowed, on leads, in the Study Centre area. We ask that owners clean-up after their dogs.