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Where to Watch Birds in Staffordshire


The large reservoirs of Rudyard and Tittesworth in the north, Belvide, Gailey and Blithfield in the centre and Chasewater in the south are a good starting point for watching. All have a wide variety of resident wildfowl and regularly attract many different migrants and winter visitors, including Osprey and a number of the more unusual terns and gulls. They also have other habitat, such as grassland and scrub, which acts as host to plenty of different passerines, both visitors and breeders.

Keeping to the wetland theme Westport Lake, in the urban area of Stoke on Trent, provides a welcome oasis for birds while the floodplain of Doxey Marshes, on the outskirts of Stafford, is an important area for many breeding waders and holds good winter populations of Snipe, Golden Plover, Lapwing and Water Rail. The gravel workings in the east of the county are also well worth searching for unusual migrant waders as well as for their breeding populations of wildfowl and Sand Martins.

During spring and summer the Staffordshire Moorlands have breeding waders, Twite and Meadow Pipit as well as the elusive Ring Ouzel and the chance of good views of hunting Long Eared Owl.

The vast area of Cannock Chase in the middle of the county is an outstanding area of heathland with nationally important populations of Nightjar and Woodlark, as well as Stonechat, Yellowhammer and both Tree and Meadow Pipits and a large population of Skylark. The surrounding plantation conifers have Crossbill and the oakwoods, Wood Warbler, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher. In winter the visitor centre at Marquis Drive regularly attracts large flocks of Brambling.

The county's woods and farmland hold one of our local specialities, Tree Sparrow, as well as all of the usual lowland wood and farmland bird species including the rather scarcer Corn Bunting and Yellow Wagtail.

For up-to-date information on the birds at Belvide, please visit the Belvide BLOG.


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