West Midland Bird Club

Studying Birds in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands since 1929

Belvide Reservoir

Access to Belvide Reserve is by Inclusive Club membership only.

Single day visits can be made to this reserve by bona fide groups at a cost of £3.00 per person.

Arrangements for group visits can be made using the Reserve contact address on this page.

To purchase your permit please contact the WMBC Permit Secretary: permits@westmidlandbirdclub.org.uk


Belvide Reservoir, a 74ha canal-feeder reservoir, was constructed in 1834 to supply what is now the Shropshire Union Canal. The site did not attract the attention of ornithologists until the 1920s, when A. W. Boyd began making regular visits and publishing his observations in 'British Birds' magazine. Boyd and H. G. Alexander, a founder member of the West Midland Bird Club and leading British ornithologist, were responsible for putting Belvide on the bird-watching map and the reservoir soon became established as one of the most important ornithological sites in the Midlands. Owned by the Canal & Rivers Trust (formerly British Waterways), the site is leased to and managed by the West Midland Bird Club. It is scheduled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) under the stewardship of Natural England. Integral to the reserve is a 3 ha tract of broad-leaved woodland which is owned by the Club. This woodland, which has feeding station observation areas, is home to a wide variety of woodland birds and this adds to the overall birding interest of the site which centres around a good range of breeding birds in summer, flocks of waterfowl and gulls in the winter and spring and return passage migrants, in particular wading birds that are attracted when water levels are low and there is an exposed shoreline.          


Reserve Management Team Contacts

Sue Judge - Email: belvide@westmidlandbirdclub.org.uk


Reserve Details

Access to the site is restricted to the entrance to the reserve car park via Shutt Green Lane - O/S Grid ref: SJ870098. Please remember that the access code to the entrance gate is time sensitive, running over the twelve-month-period ending 28th February; please refer to your membership card for gate code details. From the car park follow the woodland tracks via the feeding stations to reach the reservoir shoreline and from thereon the bird hides. At all times please respect footpath restrictions. Those who have Inclusive Club membership are entitled to birdwatch at Gailey Reservoirs. The reservoirs at Gailey are located immediately east of junction 12 on the M6 Motorway - O/S Grid ref SJ938106 with access via Gailey Lea Lane off the A5.

For up-to-date Belvide bird sightings and Belvide reserve management news - please follow these links

Belvide Birding Belvide News

The Tree Sparrow colony is an attraction at our

 Belvide Reserve - photo - Nigel Talbot

Belvide Reservoir location map - reserve access

via Shutt Green Lane

belvide 8 nigel talbot Recent Sightings Gailey Reservoirs 2014 Belvide Ringing Report New Belvide Hide 1 New Belvide Hide 3

The new Bird Hide at our Belvide Reservoir Reserve - All photos by Steve Nuttall

This excellent new facility is the result of progressive actions implemented by the Belvide Reserve Management team. As you will discover when visiting this reserve, the development of the site is designed around a practical yet extensive environmental knowledge that is coupled with dedication and enthusiasm, making the site a pleasure to visit.  

New Belvide Hide 4 New Belvide Hide 5

Reserve Announcements

Any items of reserve importance will be reported here, checking this slot before planning your visits will be worthwhile.


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