Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust

College Lake Visitor and Education Centre

This project aims to create the premier visitor and education centre for wildlife in Buckinghamshire.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (204330)





  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



College Lake Nature Reserve, near Tring, is one of the most important wildlife sites in Buckinghamshire. With year round interest from over 1,000 species of animal and plant and great public access it offers a fantastic chance to inspire many thousands of people about wildlife and our natural heritage. BBOWT has now secured a new long term lease on the reserve and is in a position to improve facilities at the site which to date have been extremely basic, for example, a lack of running water and toilets other than Portaloos. The Trust is undertaking a major investment in both educational and visitor facilities to accommodate tens of thousands of visitors a year. The main visitor centre will be an eco-building, incorporating environmentally friendly materials and energy-saving technologies. Located close to a cliff edge in this old quarry site it will offer stunning views over the wetland haven that attracts rare and threatened birds. The cost of the new visitor centre, new and refurbished educational buildings and new signage and interpretation will be £1.67m. Thanks to a legacy and two major grants, one from the Landfill Communities Fund of Biffaward and the other from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are now seeking contributions towards the remaining amount required of £262,000. We will be pleased to host a visit to College Lake or send further information about this exciting initiative.