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    Station Lane, Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, DE13 8EJ

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    Path Type

    Surfaced paths

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    Accessible due to surfaced paths

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    Site Owner

    Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

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Tucklesholme has only recently been transformed from a gravel pit into a nature reserve, with quarry workings ending in 2018. Located on the banks of the River Trent near Barton-under-Needwood, the site has been restored to a wetland habitat providing a reedbed and sandy shingle home for a number of species such as oystercatcher, skylark, shelduck and common sandpiper. Best time to visit is spring for breeding waders and winter for overwintering wildfowl. The site is managed by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust following a fund-raising appeal supported by the National Forest. The reserve was opened to the public in May 2019.


  • Bird hides
  • Dog walking on leads
  • Walking trails (links to National Forest Way)

Advance visit information

  • Local car parking, off Station Lane, locked in the evenings

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