Maiden Erlegh Park

 

The Park is some twelve hectares in extent and is classified as a Local Nature Reserve. it 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 supports the work of the Earley Environmental Group, and more details can be found on their website if you would like more information or like to join the Group.  www.earleyenvironmentalgroup.co.uk.  Thrive, a local charity are also supported by the Town Council. for more information on the projects they undertake, seminars, hall hire please click on the link: www.thrive.org.uk.  (Earley Town Council does not take any responsibility for any content on external links)

 

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.  Thank you

 

Maiden Erlegh lake in summer
Maiden Erlegh lake in summer

 

The Park is in several “parcels” which are described on the several Interpretation Boards around the site: The Lake Area, between Instow Road and Lakeside is managed under the Reservoirs Act and is inspected by a Consultant Engineer once or twice each year. Records have to be kept on water levels, condition of the Weir etc, aspects which are inspected by the Engineer.

 

The Park Rangers in conjunction with the Earley Volunteer Group have made a Tern Nesting Platform which was launched and put into place behind the Island on the 28th January 2016.

 

 

Launch of the Tern Nesting Platform

 

 

 

Sunset over Maiden Erlegh lake
Sunset over Maiden Erlegh lake

 

The Town Council has tried hard to keep 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.

 

If you wish to apply for a permit (during Covid 19):-

As our Helpshop is closed, to apply for a permit, please download the relevant Application Form which can be found on our Council Documents page.  Please note that due to current Covid-19 situation, you will need to submit your application form by post, along with the required documentation below:-

 

  • Passport sized photograph
  • Copy of your rod license (Adults & Juniors over 12)
  • Copy of your birth certificate (Juniors only)
  • Stamped Addressed Envelope (for us to send your permit to you by post)

As we are unable to provide a training session for junior applicants, junior applicants will need to fish with an adult, who is from their household.

 

Please see aware that no fishing competitions will be held this year and there will also be no Family Fishing Day.

 

Fishing Prices 2021

 

 Annual Earley Resident Non Earley Resident

Adult

 

 

£30.00 £43.50
Juniors, over 60’s, Benefit £20.00 £24.50
Day Tickets Mon-Fri only
Adult £10.50 £13.50
Junior/Pensioner £5.50

 

£8.00

 

 

The Fishing Season is closed from the 15th March until the 15th June annually.

 

The Duck and the World Sculpture
The Duck and the World Sculpture

 

For more details relating to the Sculpture above please click on the link here

 

The Lake is bounded by ancient woodland, and the Council has to balance the needs of the population living all around the Park, many of whom use the main pathway as a thoroughfare, and the need to conserve a valuable habitat.

 

The butterfly garden in 2014
The butterfly garden in 2014

 

The Park Rangers are constantly working to maintain and improve the Nature Reserve including rebarking paths, coppicing, desilting, bank works, hedge cutting, stream widening, gullying and flood prevention. Further details of the park management can be obtained from the Senior Park Ranger. Anyone interested in becoming involved in Conservation work would be welcome to join the Earley Environmental Group.

 

The Annual Green Fair held on the first Saturday in August which is always a very popular event. 2016 was particularly successful due to the very hot weather, which drew more people out.

 

Green Fair 2016

 

The Town Council is pleased to share the Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve Learning Resource booklet which has been produced by Earley Environmental Junior Group.

 

This fun booklet can be downloaded and printed for both adults and children to take to the Nature Reserve, encouraging education in local nature and the environment.  

 

It can be downloaded here.