Steven Cheshire (WWT) 2015
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.
Species and habitats
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