Just south of Tamworth lies Middleton Lakes, one of the RSPB’s largest nature reserves.
This 160ha reserve was a gravel quarry until 2007, since when it has been transformed into a haven for wildlife and people.
Situated adjacent to Middleton Hall (owned by Middleton Hall Trust with a craft centre and tea room) and between the River Tame and the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal, the site contains lakes, pools, reedbeds, meadows and woodland and is a haven for wading and woodland birds, otters, dragonflies and butterflies.
There are footpaths, viewpoints and an events programme. The reserve is open every day from dawn to dusk.