Reading Rocks

Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve

Parks & Walks

 This beautiful 12-hectare space is classified as a Local Nature Reserve and is managed on the Town Council’s behalf by its Park Ranger Service with the help of volunteer groups.

The Head Bailiff and seasonally appointed Water Bailiffs also assist in the care of the Reserve and police the fishing areas.

Earley Town Council does have a bye-law in place which politely requests residents to keep their dogs on leads around the Reserve, both for the benefit of the wildlife and other users of the areas. Please ensure if you are walking your dog you respect this ruling and keep your dog on a lead. 

The park is divided into several areas, descriptions of which are described on the Interpretation Boards around the site. The Lake Area, between Instow Road and Lakeside is managed under the Reservoirs Act. It’s inspected by a Consultant Engineer once or twice each year.

A Tern Nesting Platform was created in January 2016 by The Park Rangers together with the Earley Volunteer Group. Its function is to attract nesting Terns, rather than just seeing birds coming in to feed.

Earley Town Council has tried to strike a balance between the conservation aspects of the lake and its use for angling. Annual Fishing Permits can be issued on a first come, first served basis. The Town Council also has a number of day permits which can be purchased for fishing Mondays – Fridays only. Please see the website for more information. The Fishing Season is closed from the 15th March until the 15th June annually.

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