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Alvecote Meadows

Wetland and Meadows with a wide range of dragonflies and damselflies

Enjoy exploring two delightful meadows, swampland and a small stream. 


What's it like to visit?

These meadows form part of the largest SSSI in Warwickshire, Alvecote Pools. On your visit you can experience a variety of wetland habitats, including wet grassland, marsh, open water and reed swamp filled with with water mint, greater pond sedge, lesser water parsnip and common flea-bane. 


What might you spot?

The different wetlands attract a large range of dragonflies and damselflies plus birds like snipe, pied wagtail, goldfinch and kestrel. Twenty-four species of butterfly have been seen here, including dingy skipper, small heath and wall brown and some nationally scarce beetles hide out in the marshy areas.


Ruddy darter dragonflies are a familiar sight darting by the stream that divides the two meadows, and even the occasional common hawker, a rarity in Warwickshire. 


Alvecote Meadow’s mature oak trees, ash and willow offer ideal spots for tawny owl, sparrow hawk and plenty of little finches. The grassland attracts snipe, lapwing and little egret. Are you interested in spotting reptiles or amphibians? Grass snake, frogs, toads and newts are regular visitors to this reserve.

Nearby nature reserves

Alvecote Pools
0 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Abbey Green Park
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Kingsbury Meadow
6 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

3km north-east of Tamworth, on Robeys Lane and Shuttington Road, near Alvecote village
B79 0ED
Map reference
SK 245 048
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Open at all times
11.30 hectares

Walking information
Flat, but no wheelchair access as there are stiles to cross; soft patches; floods in winter. Breeding birds seasonally.
On the roadside off Alvecote Lane
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Cattle all year
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages