About Middleton Lakes
Due to flood risk management by the Environment Agency, the Meadow Trail from Fishers Mill bridge will be closed till the end of the year. We also kindly ask for your patience a little longer before it’s all systems go for the Wetland Trail.
Nestled in the beautiful Tame valley, just south of Tamworth on the Staffordshire/Warwickshire border, Middleton Lakes is our latest nature reserve to open to the public.
Since we acquired the site in 2007, we've worked hard to make sure the final restoration benefits birds, wildlife and visitors. The area is already regionally important for overwintering wildfowl such as pochards, tufted ducks and smews. Middleton Lakes will become the most important site for breeding waders in the Midlands. The lakes, reedbeds, meadows and woodlands make it one of the best birdwatching sites in the area.
We have also recently opened our new Lookout hide overlooking the northern scrapes. If you come and visit we'd love to know what you think.
Other special wildlife here includes otters, butterflies, wetland plants and dragonflies. The reserve has been designed with families in mind, so there are always lots of ways to enjoy nature, whatever the season. Hope to see you soon!
The reserve and trails are open every day from dawn until dusk.
There is a charge of £2, allowing entry for up-to four people. RSPB members get in for free.
If you are new to birdwatching...
Middleton Lakes is excellent for birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge and experience. Our distinct habitats offer different bird species, from woodland birds to open water waders.
Information for families
Our playmeadow has been designed for families. You're encouraged to experience nature up close and personal. Clamber on the tangly tree, scramble up the grassy mound, find your way around the maze! and much more.
Information for dog owners
Dogs are allowed on certain parts of the reserve providing they are kept on a lead at all times. Please contact the reserve for further information when planning your visit.