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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild January -

1 Blith­field Reser­voir

in South Stafford­shire has 21 species of water­fowl us­ing the site in win­ter. A Site of Spe­cial Sci­en­tific In­ter­est, some parts are only ac­ces­si­ble with a per­mit from the West Mid­land Bird Club.

2 Rut­land Wa­ter

is owned by Anglian Wa­ter, but a large swathe is man­aged by the Le­ices­ter­shire and Rut­land Wildlife Trust. It has hosted counts of as many as 30,000 wildfowl in win­ter.

3 Ab­ber­ton Reser­voir

is man­aged by Es­sex and Suf­folk Wa­ter. With water­fowl counts reg­u­larly up to 40,000 dur­ing win­ter, it is recog­nised as a re­serve of in­ter­na­tional im­por­tance.

4 Lon­don Wet­land Cen­tre

is man­aged by the Wildfowl and Wet­lands Trust and was con­verted into a show­piece ur­ban re­serve from four dis­used Vic­to­rian reser­voirs in the bor­ough of Rich­mond upon Thames.

5 Chew Val­ley Lake

is just south of Bris­tol and man­aged by Bris­tol Wa­ter. Opened in 1956, the reser­voir con­tains an in­ter­na­tion­ally im­por­tant num­ber of over­win­ter­ing shov­el­ers and gad­walls.

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