Back to reserve map

Stoke Floods

A reserve noted for its wetland plants and birdlife

The reserve’s prominent feature is the large pool, created through mining subsidence, that now attracts over 90 species of birds, many of which breed here including grebes, warblers and water rail. The lake is vital for overwintering birds and is a regular haunt for tufted duck, shoveler and snipe.


The pool’s gently sloping edges permit stands of willow, reed, bulrush and reed canary-grass, which provide excellent cover. Purple-loosestrife and yellow iris provide contrasting summer colour.


To the east and west the swamp grades from marsh into rough grassland and tall herb. Meadowsweet, great willowherb and meadow crane’s-bill flourish. The northern woodland is dominated by sycamore, horsechestnut and is valuable for songbirds such as tits and finches.


Several nationally notable invertebrates have been recorded here, with surveys identifying 242 species of beetle alone.

Nearby nature reserves

Claybrookes Marsh
1 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Brandon Marsh SSSI Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Stonebridge Meadows
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

Nature reserve map

Reserve information

Mayflower Drive
Map reference
SP 370 785
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
Get directions
Find out here
Public transport
Plan your journey
Opening Times
Open at all times
7.70 hectares

The reserve is generally flat and accessible for most. In winter parts of the reserve can flood.
Walking information
Relatively flat, soft patches; parts of the site flood in winter
Limited parking. Please park sensibly on housing estate and avoid blocking driveways or footpaths.
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages