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RSPB Middleton Lakes, Tamworth

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Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve is a 160ha nature reserve, formally opened on 19 May 2011, created and run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at Middleton, Warwickshire, England, just south of Tamworth. The Northern part of the reserve lies in Staffordshire, yet the reserve is only a few minutes from the outskirts of Birmingham.
Much of the site was, until its acquisition by the RSPB in 2007, a gravel quarry, operated by Hanson Aggregates. The site was formerly referred to, in birding literature, as Fishers Mill- (Warwickshire), Drayton Bassett- (Staffordshire) and Dosthill- (to the East) -Lakes, -Pools, -Pits or -Gravel Pits.
The reserve lies to the rear of Middleton Hall, whose catering and toilet facilities are available to reserve visitors. The River Tame flows Northwards through the reserve, some miles downstream from RSPB Sandwell Valley and not far from the West Midland Bird Club's Ladywalk Reserve and Kingsbury Water Park. The water ends up, via the Trent and Humber, in the North Sea. For RSPB Middleton Lakes and beyond, use our Tamworth trip planner to get the most from your Tamworth vacation.
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  • Very limiting for dog walkers. Beautiful area. Restrictions spoiled our visit ( nothing to do with covid restrictions). This was shared by many fellow dig walkers we met. Signs were confusing. 
    Very limiting for dog walkers. Beautiful area. Restrictions spoiled our visit ( nothing to do with covid restrictions). This was shared by many fellow dig walkers we met. Signs were confusing.  more »
  • Visited during our canal holiday - the canal runs through the middle of this small paradise. Large area completely unspoilt by humans (for once). Met a couple of helpful bird watchers who helpfully....  more
    Visited during our canal holiday - the canal runs through the middle of this small paradise. Large area completely unspoilt by humans (for once). Met a couple of helpful bird watchers who helpfully....  more »
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  • Free parking for RSPB members, otherwise £3. Map provided has no scale on it, distances to walk around reserve greater than expected, but interesting. Several rats seen around bird feeders.
  • We had only a short walk, as the paths were rather tricky for someone like me who uses a walker - not a fault, just what you expect on a nature reserve. Sign for RSPB car park was very small, so we missed it. The volunteers were friendly and helpful, unlike a woman at the entrance to the hall of whom we asked the way. The lakes and the hall need more separation, in my view. I look forward to a longer walk when I am more mobile.

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