Site Description

Unstead Wetland Nature Reserve is a 25.7 acre (10.4 hectare) site located in a rural setting in the River Wey valley. The site is adjacent to the Godalming Sewage Treatment Works on Trunley Heath Road Bramley (grid reference SU9945).

Latitude/Longitude: 51:20006, -0.57844, Easting/Northing: 499418, 145498.

The reserve is located close to the River Wey and almost immediately borders onto The Wey Valley Meadows SSSI site.

The reserve, at first sight, may not appear to be in the most idyllic location but in the recent past it was a rich haven for birds and other wildlife.

The historic bird records show an impressive sightings list in excess of 200 species, making Unstead Wetland Nature Reserve one of the best small birding sites in Surrey in its heyday.

Site map & access


Volunteers clearing North Meadow

The reserve is being restored by the newly formed (Sep-2020) Unstead Nature Community Group, in conjunction with Thames Water Biodiversity team.

We are working hard to develop a rich mosaic of habitats to encourage a growing list of species.


The reserve is a mixture of mixed woodland, wet woodland, reed bed, open areas of water and both wet and dry meadows.

Access to view the reserve is by a public footpath running along the Southern boundary of the reserve. There is another footpath which leads to the viewing hide overlooking the North meadow (see site map).

Newly restored hide

Unstead Nature Community Group has been a registered charity since Nov 2021, with a written constitution outlining our aims and objectives. For more details click here.