SEVERN FARM POND
Plenty of small birds to enjoy at a real urban oasis
SEVERN FARM POND nature reserve is an unusual site in that it is situated in the heart of a busy industrial estate. It is very rare to find such an oasis of nature in such a built-up area and the local wildlife certainly takes advantage of this little haven. The 1.3 hectares comprises of marshy wetland and pools, above which a circular trail of boardwalks are set. There are two hides available. The southern hide can be approached without disturbing the birds on the water, and during summer, the breeding species here include Little Grebe (pictured above), Reed Bunting, Moorhen and Coot. In the trees surrounding the marshy wetland, look out for the likes of Long-tailed Tit and Bullfinches throughout the year, plus Great and Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird and House Sparrow. While exploring Severn Farm Pond on the circular trail, look out for tactile and audio sculptures, for example, a bull rush sculpture made from beer bottles. In spring and summer, look up for possible sightings of Hobby, and the more common Swift and Swallow. Other wildlife on site to look out for in the summer months includes newts, frogs and dragonflies, so there will be plenty of variety to see on your trip here.