Boat Hire Closure - Sunday 23rd June 2019

Please be aware that our Boat Hire Centre will be closed on Sunday 23rd June 2019 due to the Dragon Boat Festival taking place on the lake.

Elfield Nature Park

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Facilities at Elfield Nature Park
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Opening Times
The site is used mainly for environmental education, with local schools and adult education groups visiting on an occasional basis. Elfield Park is sometimes opened up to the public during the summer months so check our What’s On Guide for more information.
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The flower-rich banks and ditches provide ideal habitat for a variety of insects including bees, beetles, butterflies and moths. Elfield Park also hosts one of the largest populations of Great Crested Newts in Milton Keynes and reptiles such as Grass Snakes and Slow Worms are also found. Because the site is quiet and undisturbed, it is sometimes used as a receptor for plants and animals threatened by development elsewhere in Milton Keynes.

Several species of orchids, including Pyramidal Orchid, have been introduced and have thrived here. Bats are abundant and use bat boxes installed in the woods and other mammal species include foxes, badgers and Roe deer.

The Parks Trust acquired Elfield Nature Park in 2005 and has spent the years since creating new habitats, with two new ponds installed and 18,000 flowering shrubs planted.

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  • Campbell Wharf Marina

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    With its enviable location, just a short walk from central Milton Keynes, Campbell Wharf Marina offers 111 berths and has been designed to accommodate wide beams, narrowboats and cruisers. The marina is finished to a high standard with non-slip glass-reinforced plastic jetties, state of the art aluminium service bollards and Wi-Fi across the whole marina.

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  • Canal Broadwalk

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    The Grand Union Canal enters Milton Keynes at the Ouse Valley Park at Old Wolverton and snakes in a dramatic arc right through the east of the city until it leaves Milton Keynes at Water Eaton in Bletchley.

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  • Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve

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    Set within Ouse Valley Park, the Floodplain Forest is the newest nature reserve in Milton Keynes and the most impressive wildlife habitat creation scheme in the city’s history.

    Refreshments
    There are no refreshment facilities at this location.

  • Furzton Lake

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    Furzton Lake’s open views make it a popular choice for joggers, cyclists and walkers. Created to act as a basin for floodwaters during rainy spells, the lake has matured into an easily accessible and peaceful oasis for local residents, office workers and wildlife.

    Refreshments
    The Furzton Lake Hotel is open for meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks.

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