Belvide Reservoir is a 74 hectare reservoir, which was constructed in 1834 to supply the Shropshire Union Canal with water – a job it still does today. The site is also a nature reserve, and is considered one of the most important ornithological sites in the Midlands. It is owned by the Canal & River Trust and is leased to and managed by the West Midland Bird Club. It is scheduled as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) under the stewardship of Natural England. Birdwatching opportunities centre around a range of breeding birds in summer, flocks of waterfowl and gulls in the winter and spring, and return passage migrants, in particular wading birds that are attracted when water levels are low and the shoreline is exposed. There is also a 3 hectare area of broad-leaved woodland which is owned by the Club. There are feeding station observation areas in the woodland, where you can observe a wide variety of woodland birds. Belvide Reservoir is not open to the general public. If you wish to visit there are two options:
The Canal & River Trust
The Canal & River Trust sometimes recruits volunteers to assist at the Reservoir. You would be involved in practical and survey tasks to improve the Reserve. To check what current opportunities are available with the Canal & River Trust, visit the website below.
West Midland Bird Club
Birdwatching at the reserve is managed by West Midland Bird Club. Individual day permits are not issued. Access to Belvide Reserve is by Inclusive Club Membership of West Midland Bird Club only. Inclusive membership also allows you to birdwatch at Gailey Reservoirs. Visits to Belvide can also be made by bona fide groups. West Midland Bird Club is dedicated to studying birds in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands, and has local branches in Kidderminster, Solihull and Stafford.
Reserve Management Sue Judge – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Chris Millward Email email@example.com
Membership Secretary Michael Bevan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org