We are delighted to announce that the brand new cafe ‘The Cliffe Cafe’ is open. 9.00 - 3.00 7 days a week. Gina is serving breakfasts, lunches, kids meals, tea & cake and great coffee, not only with a smile but also with a fantastic view over the nature reserve, free parking, toilets and baby change area. Art work and gifts will be on exhibition and sale also.
Why not enjoy a 1.5 mile circular walk around the lake with a large 'all weather' bird hide and cliff top 'look out' platforms. Picnic benches are spaced at intervals round the walk to make it easy going? Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Adults £2.50, children £1.50, under 5's free.
The rudd have run to 4lb's so far and are expected to break the national all time record this year.
The SPECIMIN LAKE is well stocked with a great range of good looking 11 – 30lb fish. There are pictures of the recent catches in the fishery office. The catches are getting better and better as the year warms up so come along and give it a go…..one bite and you’ll be hooked!
The MIXED COARSE LAKE has been topped up with over 100 common and mirror carp of 3lb each in weight to add to the already diverse mix of perch, rudd, tench, barbel and F1's and different types of carp. Due to the rising water levels we have had to completely remodle the lake fishing platforms and our new fishing stands have space to pitch tents and most are now disability access.
The TROUT LAKE . The rainbow and brown trout are always of the highest quality and greatest sport with depth of water up to 30 feet deep.
We offer 1:2:1 or group coaching for fly, coarse and pike fishing at very competitive prices. We also sell gift vouchers for fishing day tickets or tuition on our coarse, trout and specimen lakes. These make ideal presents for all occasions, and now that we have credit card facilities you can order gift cards over the phone and we can post them out to you. These make the perfect birthday/anniversary/thank you /father’s day/ presents.
We now have the facility to take most major credit and debit cards at the lakes.
We are still running our offer of - buy 5 day tcikates at the lakes and get the 6th FREE! An offer not to be missed..
The facilities for disabled anglers at the fishery have been severley affected by the massive rise in groundwater levels across the marshes and we have had to reprofile the land and are rebuilding the fishing platforms as fast as we can go. The new platforms are actually easier to access and provide more space. We have two wheelchair accessible toilets by the fishery managers cabin and lakeside parking for blue badge holders nearby.
Buckland Dive Centre
We are delighted that Janine and Tony Mansford and Nick Jackson are now running the dive centre. Please phone Janine on 07733225128 or Tony on 07748767569 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for opening times and further information.
During our recent bird box survey we were delighted to discover that 75% of the 49 nest boxes that are positioned around the reserve have been used for nesting.
Blue tits, Great tits and wrens have been making good use out of the ready made homes. The woodcrete boxes ‘which are made from sawdust and concrete’ were the most popular!
Some field mice have been useing the Robin boxes ‘which are partially open fronted’ for hiding in while they eat the damson curnals and hawthorn berries, which was a lovely surprise.
We have bird feeders set up outside the fishery office which are used a lot by sparrows, blue tits, and great spotted woodpeckers.
We had the pleasure to attend the Kent Wildlife Trusts award ceremony to receive a gold gardening for wildlife award. This is the second time we have won gold and are delighted. It is so important to garden alongside wildlife rather than against it.
KRAG ‘Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group’ representative Paul visited the reserve and helped us to establish tin sheet reptile habitat to encourage snakes and reptiles to do well. He is keen to put us on the map as a prime reptile site. The reptile habitat which has now been in place for two years is continually proving to be a success,with slow worms, grass snakes and adders all spotted spending time under the sheets. The habitat ‘refuge’ is not only been used by reptiles but also by field mice who make stock piles of damson stones to eat ‘much to the delight of the mouse eating snakes!’ Plenty of ants have been building their nests under the sheeting too; including the less common orange ant. Some large snails, voles and woodlouse have also moved in under the shelters. Please don’t life the sheets unless your with a reserve warden.
Picture below of the cygnet up-tail dabbling!
Throughout the year the BTO carry our bird counts for official records and we thank Paul Larkin who has done this for us over the last thirteen years.
There are picnic benches around the lakes and we would like to encourage as many people to come to the reserve and have a walk and a picnic while enjoying the views across the lakes. There are always lots of different flowers and plants to see through the year and plenty of wildlife to spot.
Function room for hire
The building enjoys far reaching views across the fishery lakes from its wall of large windows. The white and light timber interior creates a crisp professional look which is ideal for hosting for functions of all types.
The room can hold up to 40 people when seated in rows and up to 20 when sitting at tables ‘both of which we provide for you’. The room is well lit with overhead strip lighting, a small kitchenette, water urn and gas heating.
We can arrange catering via our new Cliffe Cafe if you require it, anything from cold buffets, breakfast baps and homemade cakes to hot meals / xmas dinner and even a BBQ by the lakes for a summer event.
The room is for hire all year round and costs from £30.00 for a half days hire and £60.00 for a full day.
There is plenty of hard surface parking right outside and the Reserve is well sign posted from the B2000. Making it an ideal location for events, meetings or family gatherings.
The film ‘Guns, Gangsters and Zombies’ is now out to buy and also to watch on Netflix. There is a trailer on utube ‘certificate 18’. Rumours of filming for a sequel are rife....watch this space......
Buckland Lake is available as a filming location and what with the large lakes, isolated location, parking and facilities it makes for an ideal filming site.