A variety of wildlife with a river and canal to explore
This small reserve lying alongside the River Tame comprises 18 hectares of former pastureland, created in part from road work on the nearby A5. Situated at the northern end of the Tame Valley wetlands, the site is somewhat overshadowed by the likes of Kingsbury Water Park and Middleton Lakes, but, nonetheless, offers a good variety of interesting wildlife. The lake is the main feature, with small islands
interspersed with reedbed and willow carr. The reserve, which is also bordered by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, is well supported by its volunteers, who have done much to improve the habitat. Spring heralds the arrival of Reed and Sedge Warblers, being joined by a reeling Grasshopper Warbler from time to time. Kingfishers join Grey Herons on their feeding forays along the river and surrounding pools. Gadwall, Mallard and Tufted Duck breed, with Great Crested and Little Grebe sometimes attempting to. Autumn brings Meadow Pipit, Grey Wagtails, and sometimes a Stonechat. Thrushes such as Redwing and Fieldfare join the resident Song and Mistle Thrushes while, as autumn progresses there will be the first arrivals of Snipe and overwintering ducks. Winter brings small groups of Teal, Shoveler, occasional Goosander with Shelduck also appearing on occasion. Recent notable additions to the reserve list of Cetti’s Warbler and Great White Egret show the potential of the area.