Moor Green Lakes Group

Reserve car park and closing time  click here.    Group Visits please  click here.

View of South Colebrook Lake (Copyright © 2013 Steve Arnold)

View of South Colebrook Lake (Copyright © 2013 Steve Arnold)

Car Park closes at 8pm

Update - Pandemic information

The Car Park is now open again during usual hours. Please observe social distancing rules and be cautious touching hard surfaces. Stay safe.

Photo Competition 2019 - The results are in

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The Moor Green Lakes Group (MGLG) was established in 1993 as an organisation to help manage the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve in Berkshire, England. Our aims are:

  • To improve the Reserve for wildlife
  • Record and monitor that wildlife
  • Enhance the facilities of the Reserve for members of the Moor Green Lakes Group and other visitors

Moor Green Lakes News

January 2020 - January newsletter 2020

Now available here

September 2019 - Rare sighting of Black-winged stilt

black-winged Stilt

A Black-winged Stilt
Photographer Jerry O'Brien

A Black-winged stilt has been seen on East Fen which is only the 4th record for Berks and the first since 1945. For the non-birders, it is quite distinctive with tremendously long legs

East fen is best accessed from the Lower Sandhurst road car park by walking south on the bridleway (not footpath) and it is the first area of water on the right (to west). View only from the bridleway.

Citizen Science, your help needed

Currently there are two appeals for information where you may be able to help

Pictures of Banded Demoiselles needed, for more information click here

Recording coloured ring numbers of Black-headed gulls, for more information click here

August 2018 - Annual report for 2018

Now available here

Tuesday 14th May 2019 - Flora walk

Irent Draper and Peter Scott led a Flora walk around the west banks of Colebrook Lake North, with over 60 species identified. For more information and a detailed list of species click here

Friday 9th November 2018 - Official opening of Moor Green Lakes Car Park Extension

The official opening of the Moor Green Lakes Group (MGLG) car park extension and refurbishment took place on Friday 9th November 2018. Cllr Roland Cundy, Chairman of the Finchampstead Parish Council officiated at the opening. Also present were members of the MGLG committee and some other group members.

picture of official opening of car park extension

Official opening on car park extension, by Cllr Roland Cundy.
Copyright © 2018 Stuart Croft

The MGLG had been planning to extend the car park for many years but this finally became possible with Finchampstead Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council agreeing to provide grants to help fund the work.

Because of the proximity of some valuable trees, it was necessary to lay a protective honeycomb mesh below the car park surface to prevent damage to the tree roots. The MGLG is grateful to all those who who provided funding towards this important work.

August 2018 - Annual report for 2017

Now available here

August 2018 - August newsletter 2018

Now available here

May 2018 - Web site has moved to a new ISP

Restoration work Blog

One of our members, Angus McDonald, has a blog about the changes that have happened to the larger Moor Green Lakes, Manor Farm and Fleethill Farm area, particulary the restoration work. Well worth a look, his website. click here

Health and Safety issues on the Reserve

If visitors identify any Health and Safety issues on the Reserve, then please report them to the Site Liaison Officer

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Latest Sightings

bank vole

A Bank Vole at the Autumn Mammal Survey.
Photographer Mary

wood mouse

A Wood Mouse at the Autumn Mammal Survey.
Photographer Mary


A Robin in the process of bird ringing, from the open day.
Photographer Iain Oldcorn

Upcoming Work Party Schedule

For more information on planned work click here

  • Thursday 20th August 2019
  • Sunday 8th September 2019
  • Thursday 12th September 2019
  • Sunday 29th September 2019
  • Tuesday 8th October 2019
  • Sunday 13th October 2019
  • Sunday 10th November 2019
  • Tuesday 19th November 2019
  • Tuesday 3rd December 2019
  • Sunday 8th December 2019
  • Sunday 12th January 2020
  • Tuesday 14th January 2020
  • Sunday 9th February 2020
  • Tuesday 18th February 2020
  • Sunday 8th March 2020
  • Thursday 26th March 2020

Tales from Moor Green Lakes

2019-02-01  Holy Hedge Laying Volunteers

2018-09-21  More Green Car Park

2018-09-17  Phew! What A View

2018-08-22  The benefits of taking photographs to identify insects

2018-06-20  Bumper Year for Barn Owls

2018-03-20  My Tern on the Raft

2018-02-16  Clearing Tern Island

2018-02-15  Enviromental Endeavours

2018-02-04  New Owl Boxes

2018-01-17  Heatening Hedge Laying

2017-11-18  Volunteer Leader Update - Plover Island

2017-11-22  Roboteers Start Your Engines

2017-10-18  Volunteer Leader Update - Hide Maintenance

2017-09-15  Out with the Scrub and in with the Birds

2017-07-31  Amber Alert: Shelducks Nesting!

2017-07-26  Volunteer Leader Update - Grove Lake Hide

2017-07-20  Volunteer Leader Update - Balsam Bashing

2017-07-12  Ticks – Staying Safe This Summer

2017-07-10  Finchampsteads Finest Entomologists

2017-07-08  Children find watery insects at Talavera

2017-07-06  Extreme ragwort removal at Moor Green Lake

2017-05-17  Mammals for Members of Moor Green Lakes

2017-05-16  Machine Manoeuvres at Moor Green Lakes.

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