Crowdy Reservoir

Near the famous landmarks of Roughtor and Brown Willy

Crowdy lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest on the northern tip of Bodmin Moor, just a few miles from the town of Camelford and near the popular North Cornwall coastal villages of Tintagel, Boscastle and Port Isaac.

Birdwatchers will not be disappointed at this moorland lake with breeding birds including Grasshopper Wabler, Cuckoo and Snipe, while in winter wildfowl such as Teal and Wigeon are regularly spotted on the water.  Starlings gather into a nationally important roost at the nearby Rough Tor with numbers reaching into the several millions in some years.

The banks, except around the Nature Reserve, are open for walking and picnicking.
There is a bird hide is open to all visitors and is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the car park,
along the north bank.

In recognition of the high conservation value of this lake there are no activities, apart
from free wilderness trout angling, at this location. Environment Agency rod licence holders
may fish for free on this 115 acre water by spinning, fly or bait.

Public access all year.


Dog Friendly

Bird Hide

Picnic Area

Trout Fishing

Car Park

Crowdy Reservoir, Camelford, Cornwall PL32 9XJ

Telephone: 0566 771930

Did you know?

One of the greatest wildlife spectacles can be seen at Crowdy Reservoir…
A murmuration of starlings is an amazing sight – a swooping mass of
thousands of birds whirling in the sky above your head.
It’s basically a mass aerial stunt – thousands of birds all
swooping and diving in unison. It’s completely breathtaking to witness.

Why do they do it?
Possibly for many reasons – grouping together offers safety in numbers so that swooping predators find it hard to target one bird in the middle of a hypnotising flock of thousands.

They also gather to keep warm at night and to exchange information, such as good feeding areas. They gather over their roosting site, and perform their wheeling stunts before they roost for the night.

When and where?
• Autumn roosts usually begin to form in November
• More and more birds will flock together as the weeks go on, and the number of starlings in a roost can swell to around 100,000
• Early evening, just before dusk, is the best time to see them and you don’t need any special equipment as it’s all visible by just looking to the skies.
• They roost in places that are sheltered from harsh weather and predators, such as woodlands. During the day, however, they form daytime roosts at exposed places such as treetops, where the birds have good all-round visibility.

Lakes nearby

Colliford Lake


Siblyback Lake


Stithians Lake


College Reservoir