Welcome to Bournemouth Water Leisure

Bournemouth Water Leisure, part of South West Lakes Trust, manages two lakes at Longham near Ferndown in Dorset, a large portion of Christchurch Harbour, including lower reaches of the rivers Stour and Avon, on behalf of South West Water, and works with partners at Blashford Lakes near Ringwood. We offer opportunities for fishing, watersports and general public access, balancing recreational needs with those of the environment and water supply.

UPDATE – 25 January 2022: LONGHAM LAKES WILL REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC TOMORROW (Wednesday 26 January 2022).

Avian influenza H5N1 was recently confirmed at Longham Lakes. It was brought to the lakes by incoming wild birds and is the same strain that has been reported across the country in recent months.

We have been monitoring our bird population closely and we are pleased to say that the situation has improved significantly. We will of course, keep this under review.

UK Health Security Agency advise that the risk to public health is very low. However, we do ask you to stay off the foreshore, remain on the designated footpaths and keep dogs on leads at all times.

If you do find a dead or sick bird, PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH IT. Simply report it as soon as conveniently possible to the South West Lakes site team on 01202 581411.

Thank you for helping us keep Longham Lakes a safe and special place for people and wildlife.

Christchurch Harbour

Christchurch Harbour is set midway between the Solent and Poole Harbour and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Royalty Moorings reach down from the River Avon and Stour and cover approximately two thirds of the harbour. Bournemouth Water Leisure manage a wide range of moorings in this area, from bankside and pontoon moorings in the river to self-laid moorings in the harbour.

Longham Lakes

Many people are able to enjoy the facilities on offer at Longham Lakes near Ferndown in Dorset. Take a leisurely stroll around the two lakes and spot an abundance of wildlife which call Longham their home. Relax on the shorelines and take part in a spot of fishing, join one of the many community clubs which use the site or simply make the most of the amazing photo opportunities at the lakes.

Did you know?


A Mammoth tusk was excavated during the

construction of Longham Lakes!