Backwell Lake, Local Nature Reserve, Backwell


Backwell Lake was constructed in the mid 1970’s as a balancing pond. The site is owned by Wessex Water.

The site consists of an area of open water with a small island and some marginal vegetation. Since its construction, Backwell lake has become an important site for wildfowl and dragonflies and also as a foraging area for bats. It is a valuable amenity resource for the local community.

The site is managed by Wessex Water with input from local volunteers.

There is pedestrian access across the site, apart from the island in the Lake and a small enclosed area to the north-west. There is a permissive footpath which runs from Nailsea in the north. The main point of access to the site is from Station Road at the eastern side of the Lake where there is a small car park with very good views. The site is also close to Nailsea and Backwell railway station.



Contact Name:
Susan Stangroom


North Somerset Council
Strategic Projects
Somerset House,
Oxford Street
Weston super Mare
BS23 1TG


01275 888551


01275 888502