RSPB Sandwell Valley, Birmingham

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Sandwell Valley RSPB reserve is a nature reserve, run by the RSPB, in Sandwell Valley, to the north of West Bromwich, in the Sandwell borough of West Midlands in England. It is adjacent to, and shares its main lake with, Sandwell Valley Country Park and near the settlement of Hamstead.In March 2010 the visitor centre was destroyed in an arson attack. The reserve and bird hide remain open to pedestrian visitors, with a temporary visitor center located next to the entrance at Tanhouse Avenue.LocationThe reserve is located around the eastern and northern edges of the Forge Mill Lake, a storm water retention basin within a meander of the River Tame. The reserve is surrounded by the West Midlands conurbation and is close to the edges of Birmingham and Walsall, as well as West Bromwich. It is close to the M5 motorway, M6 motorway and the A34 road.There is a vehicle access to the study centre from Tanhouse Avenue. It can also be accessed via the network of paths crossing Sandwell Valley - with particular ease from the car park serving Forge Mill Farm, on Park Lane.
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  • After a torrid time a few years ago when it was attack by arsonists it has come back with more and a better environment.....worth a visit  more »
  • We spent a sunny/ rainy afternoon here bird watching. The visitor centre has coffee, tea and snacks and an eating area if you bring a picnic. Toilets and visitor info good. Staff were really friendly ...  more »
  • This is very local to me surround with lovely walks long and short. The staff are interesting, friendly & welcoming very knowledgeable always happy to help you. Well worth a visit  more »
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  • Nice visitors centre where you can use the RSPB telescopes to view the wild life and chat with friendly volunteers.
  • A shorter walk than expected but lovely. The first moment we walked out there were parakeets flying around and on the feeders! Great to see. Knowledgeable and helpful volunteers, including in the hide. Lots of cormorants, a heron and little Egrets. We saw a jay as we were walking round and lots of squirrels. We had a peppermint tea in the visitors centre, no soya mylk or vegan options. Finished off with a picnic on one of the many picnic benches.
  • Just been on a guided bat walk. Very good. Guide was very knowledgeable and the RSPB staff were fantastic. Loved it. We will be going back soon
  • Great place to just walk the dog and let the world pass you by. New visitors centre is very clean and staff are very knowledgeable. The lake side hide is fantastic to while away a couple of hours bird watching
  • So amazed by this place you can walk round and see different birds and other wild life, dogs are allowed, they have a viewing center, one place you must visit.

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