Know before you go
Parking informationLimited parking at entrance off Robeys Lane; car park at Pooley Heritage Centre (charge applicable)
Grazing animalsCattle graze Alvecote Meadows
Various routes around the reserve, some are more difficult than others, most are flat and accessible but can get muddy.
Flat, wheelchair access adjacent to canal, kissing gates, muddy in winter
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to July
About the reserve
Alvecote Pools reserve has been cared for Warwickshire Wildlife Trust since 1997.
What's it like to visit?
This reserve has a series of shallow pools along the River Anker. Until the 1960's there was mining here by the Pooley Hall Colliery and mining subsidence formed the pools. It is a good place to spot birds, dragonflies and orchids through the different seasons.
What might you spot?
Look out for crested grebe, tufted duck, pochard, shelduck, little ringed plover and reed warblers on the pools. You may spot the flash of turquoise of a hunting kingfisher or a Great white egret spearing fish with its long, sharp beak., A dozen varieties of dragonfly flit across the pools in spring and summer and if you fancy bug hunting you could find some of the many beetle species found here.