Places to see birds

Chasewater and Cuckoo Bank

Male goldeneye

Chasewater Country Park covers around 740 acres (300 hectares) close to Chasetown and Brownhills. The site has shoreline, lake and rare heathland habitats, including sites of special scientific interest (SSSI). It is a prime site for Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, and Gulls. Terns and passage Waders also feature in the148 bird species recorded in 2007, so there are great opportunities for beginner and experienced birders alike.

In addition to birds, other species include Dragonflies, Bats and Red Deer.

Access is via A5 between Cannock and Brownhills (southern side) or Norton East (Minor roads off A5190). A circular walk also extends around the site.

With Chasewater's increasing popularity as a local tourist spot (a café is open on site), wildlife watching opportunities are better weekdays, early mornings and evenings. A quieter venue for weekends is Cuckoo Bank, a former opencast mining area, which lies adjacent to Chasewater between Heath Hayes and Chasetown off the A5190.

For more information on both these venues, visit Chasewater Wildlife Group's website: http://www.chasewater.org.uk/