Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve


Chard Reservoir LNR is a fantastic site for bird watching and walking, following wildflower meadows through to woodland edge surrounding the expanse of open water with spectacular scenery. There is a small children's woodland play area. 

We are dog friendly and they are welcome on the reserve but there is a strict ‘dogs on short leads’ zone in the woodland and dogs are not allowed in the woodland near the bird hide.


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If you have enjoyed a visit to Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve and would like to contribute to help look after this special reserve, please use the donate button to give a donation of your choosing. Your contribution will go towards projects such as improving the wetland habitats for dragonflies, native planting for pollinators and wildlife nest boxes.

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  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Free Entry Free Entry
  • Open All Year Open All Year
  • Picnic Area Picnic Area
  • Partial Disabled Access Partial Disabled Access
  • Play Park Play Park
  • Fishing Fishing
  • Biodiversity diversity Biodiversity diversity

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Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve, Oaklands Avenue, Chard, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA20 1HU

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Practical conservation volunteers ( No vacancies at the moment)

There are two weekly practical volunteering sessions held at Chard Reservoir every week. One on a Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm and one on a Friday from  9.30am to 12.30pm. The types of tasks they do include litter picking, maintenance of the paths, maintenance of the woodland play area, hedge laying, tree planting and much more. You do not need to have any experience to join in, just a willingness to get involved and a passion for nature.

The volunteer tasks are physical in nature so you need to have a fairly good level of fitness.

If you would like to join the volunteers please call the ranger Hannah Stanton on 07971 111 955 or email to check if there are places available.

Butterfly Survey Volunteers Wanted

Fancy trying something new, and learning something about your local wildlife too? Would you like to volunteer your time to record butterfly species down here at Chard Reservoir LNR? We are looking for volunteers that would be available April through to September to record the species we have down here, which will contribute to the sites wildlife records and the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme's database. We would be looking to carry out surveys every Wednesday afternoon at 2pm (weather permitting) - there is no obligation to do this week in week out, but if you had any time that you wanted to give to the reservoir for these surveys, your time would be truly appreciated. Depending on the amount of volunteers we have that are interested, we make work this on a rotational basis to give everyone a fair opportunity to get stuck in!

So if you are are interested, please to get in touch in one of the following ways, and the site ranger will be able to provide you further information:

Please call Hannah on  07971 111955 or email




Find out more about group visits


The Community Heritage Officer can cater for private families, community groups or deliver curriculum based educational sessions at Chard Reservoir.  Please call Edd Chilcott on 07458 074 843 or click on the link below to send Edd an email.

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External Organisations

If you are an external organisation that wishes to host your event at Chard Reservoir please contact us.

There may be a charge to host your event, but all charitable events are free. We will need to see a copy of your risk assessment, public liability insurance and an application form must be completed to hold an event at Chard Reservoir.


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New Green Estates team vacancy

Somerset Council is delighted to announce a new Community Ranger vacancy for a new Green Estates team!
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New site record of butterfly discovered at Chard Reservoir LNR

A butterfly survey undertaken by volunteers reveals the presence of a rare species of butterfly at Chard Reservoir LNR
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Lifesaving defibrillator fitted at Chard Reservoir LNR welcomed

The installation of a new defibrillator for community use has been fitted at Chard Reservoir thanks to the fundraising efforts of Chard Angl...
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