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.
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Open to members of the public (£3 charge for non members).
There is a good network of surfaced and unsurfaced paths, benches and bird hides.
To find out more about access and opening times, as well as the events programme and volunteering, visit the RSPB website.
For more information visit the Middleton Lakes pages at www.rspb.org.uk/reserves