Ladywalk Nature Reserve is a West Midland Bird Club (WMBC) Reserve and is accessible by permit only. Check out www.westmidlandbirdclub.org.uk for details on club membership and reserve access. Single day visits can be made to this reserve by interested groups at a cost of £3.00 per person. Arrangements for group visits can be made with Peter Sofley by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Access by road is from Faraday Avenue off the Lichfield Road (A446). Follow Faraday Avenue through the industrial estate to the last island and take the second exit (right). Then take the next right to a code-locked, metal gate where you add the gate code. The reserve car park is to the left through the gate. Could we ask please that you display your car sticker and carry your permit during your visit.
Access by train would be from the Coleshill Parkway station noted on the map below, which is roughly 1 mile away. Then follow Edison Road and the River Tame to reach Ladywalk NR.
How to Work the Site
Starting at the car park take a few moments to watch the feeding station which attracts many interesting species, and also look up at the pylons for Peregrine and Raven which regularly sit up there.
Follow the footpath down to the reserve entrance gate (combination code required) looking on the way for wintering Chiffchaffs and Crests but also the rarer but regular Siberian Chiffchaff.
Go through the gate and after 50 metres turn right which is the start of a 1.6 mile circular footpath encompassing 5 hides giving superb and panoramic across the reserve and feeding stations. Note in winter months the paths become muddy so wellingtons or walking boots are advisable.
The river valley along the Tame has been shown to be a flyway for many birds crossing the region, making Ladywalk strategic for passage birds as well as the resident and regular species so always expect the unexpected. In recent winters up to 4 Bitterns have been sited along with regular views of Water Rail and Woodcock. In a good year Barn and Short-eared Owl can be seen hunting on the northern end of the reserve. It is difficult to recommend any particular part of the reserve – it’s all good, but please keep to the footpaths and do not disturb the birds.
Steve Cawthray, Retired Warden
Back in October 2016, an interpretation board and reserve map was installed at the reserve. Please click here – Ladywalk Reserve Map – to view , download and print the board in pdf form. The board outlines key habitats of the reserve and maps the hides around the reserve. Enjoy your visit!