West Midland Bird Club

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

Ladywalk Reserve

Access to Ladywalk 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


Ladywalk reserve is owned by E.on - formerly Powergen - and is leased to and under management of the West Midland Bird Club. The reserve is located behind the Hams Hall Distribution Park and sits in a loop formed by the River Tame. This reserve is an integral part of the important wildlife area known as the Middle Tame Valley and the site is comprised of lagoons that are the result of flooded gravel extraction workings. The large area of reedbed has become an important feature not just to this reserve but to the whole Middle Tame Valley and the entire region too. This area of reed has become associated with the occurrence of wintering Eurasian Bittern and the reserve has been identified as one of the foremost sites in the country to observe this bird. Tracts of Birch and Alder woodland add to the diversity of habitat and this attracts winter finch flocks. The reserve is also an excellent place to see Water Rail, Hobby is also a frequent summer visitor. A wide range of birds species can be found here year round and wetland birds are the predominant feature.


Reserve Management Team Contacts

Pete Sofley - Email: ladywalk@westmidlandbirdclub.org.uk


Reserve Details

Access for those travelling by vehicle - a gated car park is located at the end of Faraday Avenue, Hams Hall Distribution Park - just beyond the entrance/exit to the Sainsbury Distribution warehouse and further still beyond the road island - gate entrance O/S Grid ref SP209914. From the car park take the Tame Valley Footpath in a northerly - downstream with the River Tame direction until you reach the metal gated entrance to the reserve. Alternatively if you are walking the Tame Valley Footpath in a southerly - upstream with the River Tame direction - continue along this path until you reach this gated entrance. The entrance is adjacent to the southern end of the Sainsbury Distribution warehouse - site entrance O/S Grid ref SP211916 -  Please remember that the West Midland Bird Club gate code is time sensitive - running for the twelve month period ending 28th February; please check your Inclusive membership card for gate code details.  

Ladywalk Reserve Location Map

Directly at rear/east of the distribution centre - off Faraday Avenue. At the final roundabout on Faraday Avenue, follow the signs to the reserve.

Bitter Ladywalk Peter Lichfield

Ladywalk Reserve is renowned for its wintering Bittern

Photo - Peter Lichfield

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The new B hide at our Ladywalk Reserve, Photograph by Pete Sofley, offers excellent elevated viewing across the site as captured by the photographs of Peter Lichfield showing views from and overlooking the new hide.

Ladywalk new Hide 2 PL

The right person in the right place at the right time

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This amazing sequence of photographs of a juvenile Marsh Harrier was taken by Peter Lichfield as the bird arrived at our Ladywalk Reserve and dropped into the reedbed. The timing could not have been better and thanks to Peter we can all share the experience through his camera lense.

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