Free family day out at Bay Pond nature reserve

By Kevin Black in Local People

Make your Easter Holidays a little bit wilder with a free family day out at Surrey Wildlife Trust’s Bay Pond nature reserve in Godstone.

Have a go at pond-dipping, minibeast hunting, woodland crafts and even meet some real live owls, at the spring open day on Saturday April 1.

“Our family event at Bay Pond is the perfect way to let your children go wild in the outdoors, while having fun and getting closer to nature,” said Education Centres Manager Louise Shorthose.

“There will be all sorts of wildlife activities, including looking for pond life, visiting our bird hides, outdoor games – even a walk through our swamp! We hope people will bring a picnic lunch to eat in the barn and spend the day experiencing the wonder of this beautiful nature reserve.”

Bay Pond in the heart of Godstone is a private reserve owned by Surrey Wildlife Trust. The education centre there is visited by thousands of young people and school parties every year. The site was originally part of the grounds of Godstone Place and the lake may have been used to hold back water for a mill. Bay Pond itself is believed to have been created as far back as 1611!

Visitors will also be able to spot the Trust’s herd of distinctive Belted Galloway cows, which are grazing in the reserve’s wildflower meadows. And there will be the chance to sponsor a plant for Bay Pond’s wildlife garden.

The Bay Pond reserve in Godstone High Street will be open on Saturday April 1 from 11am-4pm. Entry is free, but there will be a small charge for some activities and all donations are welcome. Booking in advance is not required - just turn up on the day!

Access to the reserve is on foot only - parking is available on nearby Godstone Green, which is a two minute walk from the nature reserve. There is limited disabled parking available on site. For further information and directions to Bay Pond please visit

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