RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Places to see birds

Kingsmill Reservoir, Nottinghamshire

Kingsmill Reservoir, Nottinghamshire
Waxwing ,near KingsMill reservoir (pic D.sommerville)

Kings Mill reservoir looks at first glance to be an unlikely place to see a variety of bird species. The site has two busy roads nearby as well as being opposite the new Hospital, nearby is a supermarket and DIY superstore and small retail park. On the reservoir there are watersports, the reservoir is also home to a sailing club, the Mill Adventure base and Nottinghamshire Anglers. Add to this dog walkers and members of the public enjoying a walk, it can be a popular, busy place. A walk in a circuit around the reservoir is about a mile and a half and can be done in half an hour (or longer depending on how many birds you spot!)
Originally, the Reservoir was a Mill pond, which was expanded in the 1830s.
The Visitor Centre has an excellent Cafe.
A local Group the Friends of KingsMill reservoir actively promote the site .
The site is maintained by Ashfield District Council Ranger Service.
How to get there: Access by road is from Coxmoor Road(B6139), which is off the A38. The entrance is well signposted from the B6139.
The gates to the car park open at 9am, during winter they close at 7pm, during the summer they are open until 9pm.
On a typical visit around thirty bird species can be seen.
Last year, 2009, the Mansfield local RSPB group put up a Kestrel nest box at KingsMill reservoir. Before long a Kestrel was seen investigating the nest box. The local RSPB group plans to get more nest boxes up at this site in the future.
Some of the more unusual species that Ive been lucky enough to see at this site in recent years have been: Spotted Flycatchers, Black Terns, Water rail, Common Scoter, Scaup, Waxwings, Mandarin, Egyptian Geese and Yellow Wagtails. Some birds that are always a joy to see, that can be seen regularly here include: Kingfishers, Barn Owls and Lapwings. There is a resident population of non native Black Swans (from Australia originally and very likely to be captive bred escapees) There's also a resident Muscovy Duck (North American)
The new local Wildlife Explorers group will be visiting KingsMill Reservoir on July 25th 2010.See you there!