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Leam Valley

A variety of habitats along the length of the north bank of the River Leam

Here at Leam Valley you can try one of our new, interactive, measured mile trails! Get the kids out, active and enjoying nature. It's only one mile long with activities along the way, to keep your young ones running to the next post. “Flap your wings like a butterfly”, “hop like a frog” and “scurry like a beetle” along the route.


The trail meanders through the site starting at the entrance opposite the far end of Jephson Gardens - follow the wooden markers!  


While you're here try spotting the numerous fish in the River Leam where roach, perch and common bream lurk in the depths. A magnificent range of dragonflies and damselflies flit along its banks including banded demoiselle, darters, chasers, hawkers and the emperor dragonfly.



Kingfishers can be spotted here and are known to breed along the river. The elusive grass snake may be seen as it swims amongst arrowhead, yellow water-lilies and flowering-rush. At the edge of the river marsh-marigold, yellow iris and purple-loosestrife flower alongside rushes, sweet-grass and common reed. It is hoped that one day soon, this ideal habitat will welcome the arrival of otter as it gradually re-colonises the county. 



The rich marsh is dense with many marsh-loving plants, including cuckoo flower, ragged-robin and even the rare snakes-head fritillary. Over the largest area of grassland, cowslips are charmingly scattered amongst the many species of grasses. An abundance of butterflies are attracted including brimstone, peacock, comma and red admiral, with plenty of browns, whites and skippers. 


Enjoy this lovely film of otters spotted playing together in the River Leam in Leamington Spa! Kind thanks to Matt Bishop of the Leam Boat Centre for the footage



Can you help look after this beautiful nature reserve?

We need new volunteers for our Winter Work Parties. 

• Stay active
• Meet new people
• Improve your local nature reserve for visitors
• Protect wildlife
• Do your bit for your local community


Typical tasks include woodland glade creation, control of invasive species, wildflower grassland management, and coppicing.

Want to find out more?
Contact George Green (Reserves Officer):

024 7630 2912  



Species and habitats

Grassland, Woodland
Kingfisher, Skylark, Barn Owl, Grass Snake, Kestrel

Nearby nature reserves

Welches Meadow
0 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Whitnash Brook
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Oakwood and Blacklow Spinney
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Immediately to the east of Leamington Spa. One entrance is at the junction of Willes Road and Newbold Terrace East - this is where the measured mile trail starts. Or enter beside Newbold Community Leisure Centre.
Leamington Spa
CV32 4EW
Map reference
SP 33279 65593
Best time to visit
Apr - Sep
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Opening Times
Open at all times
43.30 hectares

There are numerous paths around this reserve, some are easier to access than others. Contact the Trust for more information.
Walking information
Flat and steep sections, muddy in winter, kissing gates, numerous paths, floods in winter
Park in the car park past Newbold Community Leisure Centre or car park off Radford Road
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages