A wonderful canalside walk with photographic opportunities
The pleasant rural setting of Fradley Junction is a base for the Canal and Rivers Trust and the area offers a delightful mix of canal moorings, mixed woodland and arable fields, together with a small canal feeder reservoir which has been transformed into a nature reserve. The canal is at the busy junction of the Trent and Mersey and Coventry canals. Although the canalside walk can be busy in summer, it is probably best explored during the winter and early spring when on a calm crisp day the nature reserve feeding station will offer plenty of photographic opportunities and pretty close views of the varied avian visitors. This is an ideal place to bring the kids and dog for a walk, but keep them under close supervision in this setting as there are some deep locks. The surrounding arable farmland hosts good numbers of Sky Lark, Yellowhammer, Linnet and congregations of thrushes. Buzzards soar overhead and there is a chance of Little and Barn Owls. Some fields are prone to flooding and attract a few Lapwing and sometimes Golden Plover, while Curlew are sometimes also present. The small woodland pool is a real gem, where volunteers have done a great job installing feeding stations, interpretive displays, nesting boxes for both birds and bats and placed rafts for the visiting Common Terns which have bred here. Common ducks occur with occasional visits from Goosander and even Mandarin on occasion.
Not a place particularly noted for its rarities, but a Firecrest was a good find here.