Stoke Floods

Stoke Floods 2015 Steven Cheshire

Steven Cheshire

Stoke Floods

A nature reserve with an array of wetland plants and birdlife


Mayflower Drive

OS Map Reference

SP 370 785
A static map of Stoke Floods

Know before you go

8 hectares

Parking information

Limited parking. Please park sensibly on housing estate and avoid blocking driveways or footpaths.

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Relatively flat, soft patches; parts of the site flood in winter


The reserve is generally flat and accessible for most. In winter parts of the reserve can flood. 


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

This nature reserve’s best feature is the large pool, originally 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. Please note, fishing is not allowed on this site.

At the pool’s gently sloping edges willow, reed, bulrush and reed canary-grass grow, providing excellent cover for wildlife. Purple-loosestrife and yellow iris bring a splash of summer colour. To the east and west the swamp gradually dries from marshy to rough grassland. Meadowsweet, great willowherb and meadow crane’s-bill flourish here. The northern woodland is dominated by sycamore and horse chestnut and is valuable for songbirds such as tits and finches. Several nationally notable invertebrates have been recorded here, with surveys identifying hundreds of species of beetle.

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Contact us

Karl Curtis
Contact number: 024 7630 2912
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