Coate Water Park
Coate Water bird hides
Important information following coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
The bird hides have been withdrawn until further notice, due to limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please contact the Ranger Team for the latest information on 01793 490150.
To get a better view of our resident and migrant birds at Coate Water why not use one of our hides? We have two hides within the Country Park, both of which are situated in the area that has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve.
For a small fee you can enjoy the hide for a day. You will need a £5.00 deposit for the key which can be collected from the Pitch and Putt Hut at Coate Water. This is refunded once the key has been handed back in.
The Pitch and Putt hut is open from 10.00am every day of the week. Closing times vary according to the time of year.
Permit holders (season)
It is possible to apply for a permit which will allow unlimited access to the hides for a season. The season runs from April to April. A hide application form (PDF) can either be downloaded from this page or picked up from the Pitch and Putt hut during opening hours.
A £5.00 deposit is required for the key plus two passport sized photographs. Please bring your completed form, deposit and photos to the Pitch and Putt hut to be processed. The Pitch and Putt hut is open from 10.00am every day of the week. Closing times vary according to the time of year.
To avoid disappointment we advise that you telephone 01793 522837 to check availability.
Children and young adults under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Hides are a place for quiet observation so please be mindful and respectful of your fellow users.
Concessions are only given to residents of Swindon Borough Council who are receiving 80% or more subsidy towards their Council Tax. A concession can only be claimed with a current Council Tax bill showing this.