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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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  • A wonderful peaceful location terming with bird song and wildlife A far cry from the madness of life elsewhere A place to relax breathe slow down and leave the anxieties of 21 st century life... 
    A wonderful peaceful location terming with bird song and wildlife A far cry from the madness of life elsewhere A place to relax breathe slow down and leave the anxieties of 21 st century life...  more »
  • We visit Tamworth at different times each year and are always looking for something different to do and stumbled across Middleton Lakes when looking at Google Maps and what a delightful peaceful... 
    We visit Tamworth at different times each year and are always looking for something different to do and stumbled across Middleton Lakes when looking at Google Maps and what a delightful peaceful...  more »
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  • Lovely reserve. Small visitor centre and nearby toilets and shops with cafe (where you can get a discount with RSPB card). Check woods over road across from visitor centre for Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers. Do ask staff on best locations to see birds. Reserve has 2 parts, long straight walk past Heron tree and Rookery. Loads of close up song birds are especially good for young children. After about 15 minutes you cross the bridge to a wall of noise from nesting Black Headed Gulls on the scrapes. There is a hide and look out points. Hopefully you will hear the booming Bittern and countless Warblers. A full walk around the reserve will take a couple of hours. You will need refreshments and good bladder. Well worth it though.
  • Another wonderful visit which included den building. We had the whole area to ourselves on a late Saturday morning, couldn't believe our luck! This is a fantastic activity for kids, especially because the trees give lots of shade meaning you can build without being too hot. Recommend mosquito repellent as the nearby water attracts them (got eaten alive!). An absolute gem of a place with nearby facilities and more to explore.

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