Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Education Centre
The Parks Trust completed the purchase of the freehold of the Hanson Environmental Centre and the Nature Reserve from Milton Keynes Council in March 2015.
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 managed and maintained as a nature reserve and site for outdoor learning activities.
The area consists of a large lake, woodland and small meadows which are interlaced with a series of ponds and smaller lakes. The four bird hides located on 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.
Hours of operation:
The centre is available for bookings from 9am-10pm every day.
After school groups
Linford Lakes Nature Reserve is a great place to visit with your group and learn about wildlife and natureread more
Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Mammal Project
The Linford Lakes Mammal Project is led by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers who participate in regular surveying and data collection to help maintain, and build upon, the current record of mammal species at the reserve.read more
Linford Lakes Nature Reserve Membership and Permits
Find out how to get a permit to visit the site, or renew your current permit.read more
Private hire of building
The centre is available for private hire for community outdoor learning activities, including after school clubs, uniformed groups like Scouts & Guides and local interest groups, such as wildlife, natural history or gardening groups, to host meetings.read more
Linford Lakes is a brilliant place for school visits. The secluded location of the reserve makes it an oasis for wildlife, which provides a great opportunity for children to learn about the natural environment.read more
Corporate team building at Linford Lakes
Enjoy a day of fun and engaging team building activities with your organisationread more