RSPB

Out And About - Upton Warren

Wednesday 11 December

09.30

Price: £3 fee for non-WNCT members; cost of lunchtime meal.

Booking essential

Linda Hobbs has obtained access for Birmingham Local RSPB Group members to visit this Worcestershire Nature Conservation Trust reserve which is normally only accessible to WNCT members. (£3 fee for non-WNCT members payable on arrival)
We will be able to have lunch at the nearby Swan Inn pub.

Worcestershire's premier bird-watching reserve, Upton Warren attracts a range of birds but is particularly good for waterfowl and waders. The reserve consists of a series of freshwater and saline pools, created by land subsidence resulting from local brine extraction. Not only do these attract a wide variety of birds but the saline pools are an important inland site for saltmarsh plants.

The 26 hectares reserve is split into two distinct areas; the Moors and the Flashes. The freshwater Moors Pools form the northern part of the reserve and the saline pools of the Flashes form the southern part. There are numerous hides looking out over both parts of the reserve.

As well as attracting a range of wildfowl they're also home to breeding avocet, common tern, black-headed gull, oystercatcher and redshank. The reeds and surrounding vegetation support populations of reed, sedge and Cetti's warblers and reed bunting.

Upton Warren is a place you'll want to return to throughout the year. Spring and autumn passage often brings marsh harrier, osprey and black tern. Spring and autumn also bring green and common sandpiper, ringed plover, dunlin, greenshank and black-tailed godwit. Scarcer species have included ruff, sanderling, turnstone, bar-tailed godwit, whimbrel, wood sandpiper, spotted redshank, little stint and curlew sandpiper. Past records have included least sandpiper, Wilson's phalarope, red-necked phalarope, black-winged stilt, Sabine's gull, laughing gull and pectoral sandpiper.

Avocet, little ringed plover and lapwing young are around throughout summer and the black-headed gull roost increases in size from late summer. The reserve often hosts Mediterranean and little gull too. Winter brings bittern, water rail, common snipe and jack snipe

Please note: this event is run by an RSPB volunteer group and organised for group members and interested members of the local community. Therefore, facilities and number of places may be limited.

Directions

Upton Warren Nature Reserve, off the A38, opposite Webbs Garden Centre. Meet in the Sailing Club Car Park. Grid ref is for the Swan Inn pub. Webbs Garden centre is very shortly after the pub travelling south on A38; sailing club is on left at the small traffic island.

Where is it?

  • Postcode: B61 7ET
  • County: West Midlands

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