Quick guide and location map
This nature reserve near Farnham is widely considered one of the best inland sites to watch birds in the southeast of England. Peaceful walks with the opportunity to spot rare birdlife. Please always follow the Countryside Code.
- Address and references: Badshot Lea Road, Runfold, Farnham GU9 9LY
OS map reference: SU 86728 48933
- Type of site: Nature Reserve, open water, gravel islands and scrapes, reedbeds, scrub, woodland and wet and dry grassland.
- Accessibility: Unsurfaced paths, can get muddy in winter. All weather access on surfaced path from the housing estate entrance (SU 87206 48837). Gates with "radar" locks have been installed on Badshot Lea Road (SU 86712 48939) and from the housing estate (SU 87206 48837) to enable access for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
- Facilities: Covered bird hide with benches. Benches and viewpoints throughout the site.
- Car Parking: There is no designated car park for the site.
- Nature to discover: 201 bird species, 30 dragonfly species, and 34 butterfly species have been recorded on site. Highlights include nesting common terns, little ringed plovers, barn owls and swifts.
- Dogs: Please keep your dog under control and on a lead during nesting season.
- Size: 55 hectares (137 acres)
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Tice's Meadow is a newly developed nature reserve on the site of the former Farnham Quarry, located between Badshot Lea and Tongham in Surrey, on the southern outskirts of Aldershot.
The habitats on site consist of a mosaic of open water, gravel islands and scrapes, reedbeds, scrub, woodland, ephemeral ponds and wet and dry grassland.
The site is widely considered one of the best inland sites to watch birds in the southeast of England. There is a network or permissive footpaths throughout the site and the Blackwater Valley Path runs along the northern perimeter.
The meadow is best viewed from Horton's Mound, although there is also a viewing point to the west of Horton's Mound, on the southern footpath, where a gap in the bushes allows the meadow to be viewed. The main lake on site is best viewed from the waterside hide - which may be inaccessible during high water levels.
Please take care of our countryside and open spaces, particularly heathland areas where fire risk is a constant threat and follow the Countryside Code.
What you can do here
- Discover amazing birdlife
- Access the natural environment
- Walk the 1.5-mile biodiversity trail around the site
- Brass Rubbing Trail with ten rubbing plaques featuring birds found on site. A trail guide and activity sheet are available on the Tice's Meadow website.
- Get away from it all
- Follow the Blackwater Valley Path
- Outdoor education
- Dog walking - under effective control
The 1.5-mile, self-guided circular biodiversity trail takes you around Tice's Meadow Nature Reserve. Signposts guide you along the trail with benches to rest on and enjoy the views. At each entrance to Tice's Meadow interpretation boards have been installed with maps and six interpretation panels have been installed along the trail route, educating and engaging visitors with the site's wildlife and history.
What you can see at Tice's Meadow
- Look and listen out for reed warblers in the reed beds who return to the nature reserve year on year.
- Between March and October, you may see the migratory sand martin, particularly as a new project aimed at restoring their habitats is underway at the site.
- Many species of bird spotted throughout the site and around the pond, plus emperor dragonflies, butterflies in the summer and mammals such as bats and roe deer. For more information about the wildlife to look out for visit the Tice's Meadow Bird Group list of species web page.
The unimproved nature of the majority of paths on the site means that it is currently not suitable for wheelchair users following heavy rain or during winter. However, gates with "radar" locks have been installed on Badshot Lea Road (SU 86712 48939) and from the housing estate (SU 87206 48837), and an all-weather path added from the housing estate to Pegasus Bridge, to enable easier access.
There is no designated car park for the site. We advise to please park safely in adjoining roads being considerate to residents. The nearest railway station is Aldershot. Stagecoach Bus run regular services from Aldershot, Guildford and Farnham with stops near the site (routes 15 and 46).
Site management, contact and designations
Surrey County Council acquired the site in 2021 with funding support from Hampshire County Council, Guildford Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council and Farnham Town Council.
We manage the site in partnership with the Tice's Meadow Bird Group.
Further information on how this site is managed for conservation can be found on the Tice's Meadow Bird Group webpages: Tice's Meadow Bird Group
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Environmental designations of Tice's Meadow and what they mean
Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI) is a designation used by local authorities in the United Kingdom for sites of substantive local nature conservation and geological value.