West Midland Bird Club

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

Recent Sightings

Ladywalk Reserve

Access to Ladywalk Reserve is by Inclusive Club Membership only.

Visits can be made to this reserve by bona fide groups. Individual day permits are not issued.

Arrangements for group visits can be made using the Reserve Management Team 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.

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Attempt to eradicate Himalayan Balsam from our Ladywalk Reserve

by use of biological control with Rust Fungus

In collaboration with Tame Valley Wetlands the West Midland Bird Club have taken up the initiative to attempt the removal of this non-native invasive plant from the reserve. This will be the first attempt of this kind to take place in the Midlands and the first of three applications of the fungus onto the balsam was carried out on June 20th 2017.


Project updates and results will be posted here.


The accompanying links provide explanations and the involvement procedure.

TVW project description - Himalayan Balsam Background document - Rust release and monitoring methology

Potential disruption at our Ladywalk Reserve - 3rd CHANGE OF NOTICE ISSUED BY HS2

The West Midland Bird Club have received notification from HS2, the proposed London - West Midlands high speed rail link, that after receiving parliamentary approval, site survey work will commence in 2018. In order to carry out their survey work they have informed the Club that they need to gain access to our Ladywalk Reserve in order to carry out a variety of investigations. This will involve work over the period commencing May 1st to July 31st 2018.  This latest notice from HS2 was issued on February 5th 2018, received by WMBC February 6th - our apologies for any inconvenience that arises from this change.