About Middleton Lakes
Please note that a short, north west section of the reserve’s Wetland Trail will be closed this winter from Monday 8 October to enable contractors’ machinery access to the reserve. You can still enjoy most of the site but will be unable to complete a circular loop around the northern section.
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.
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.
Car parking and entrance to the reserve is free but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.
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.