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Branston Water Park

Contact: East Staffordshire Borough Council

Grid Ref: SK215207

Wild flowers around Branston Water Park

This 42ha nature reserve has been created on the site of an old gravel quarry. Its twin lakes attract a range of wildfowl and waders from the Arctic, which visit the site to escape the harsh northern winters.

From the bird hide, you may be able to see species such as lapwing, snipe, oystercatcher, redshank, wigeon, teal and smew. Away from the water you may see green woodpecker, kestrel and buzzard.

If you visit between November and January, you may see short-eared owls flying low above the grassland.

Elsewhere on the reserve, otter signs are commonly found on the reserve’s riverbanks. But, because otters are very shy, you will be very lucky if you manage to catch sight of one.

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Woodland Site

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Insects & other Invertebrates

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Lakes & Open Water

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Deer Park

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Reptiles & Amphibians

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