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Middleton Lakes, Tamworth

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Middleton Lakes RSPB reserve is a 160ha nature reserve, formally opened on 19 May 2011, created and run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds at Middleton, Warwickshire, England, just south of Tamworth. The Northern part of the reserve lies in Staffordshire, yet the reserve is only a few minutes from the outskirts of Birmingham.Much of the site was, until its acquisition by the RSPB in 2007, a gravel quarry, operated by Hanson Aggregates. The site was formerly referred to, in birding literature, as Fishers Mill- (Warwickshire), Drayton Bassett- (Staffordshire) and Dosthill- (to the East) -Lakes, -Pools, -Pits or -Gravel Pits.LayoutThe reserve lies to the rear of Middleton Hall, whose catering and toilet facilities are available to reserve visitors. The River Tame flows Northwards through the reserve, some miles downstream from RSPB Sandwell Valley and not far from the West Midland Bird Club's Ladywalk Reserve and Kingsbury Water Park. The water ends up, via the Trent and Humber, in the North Sea.
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  • What a treat to discover this RSPB place, just about next to Kingsbury Water and offering an excellent chance to see beautiful birds, ducks, amphibians and other critters. It's really nicely kept and ...  more »
  • Interesting family friendly, wildlife centre. Den building, pond dipping all available for families. The grandchildren loved it  more »
  • A beautiful place to visit in the winter and summer. An outsanding variety of wildlife especially birds. As an amateur bird watcher i often visit here and everytime i come i see something i've never s...  more »

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