Places to see birds

RSPB Coombes Valley reserve, path through bluebell wood

The places listed in this section are basically where we have had our organised weekday walks over the last few years, but we would like to have a few more so we are asking you the readers of this website if you would like to suggest somewhere - just use the Contact us button to get in touch. More...

Telescope

I have been informed about a new website which has become available which gives birdwatching sites in both the UK and Europe. Although it is of little use at the present moment, it may be of use to you in the future - take a look. More...

Attenborough Nature Reserve

A large area of flooded gravel pits on the north bank of the river Trent just on the Nottingham side of Long Eaton, although over the border in Nottinghamshire it is not far from Loughborough and well worth a visit. More...

Beacon Hill

Situated just 3 miles SSW of Loughborough, this 135 hectare historic site is owned and managed by Leicestershire County Council for both recreation and wildlife. More...

Charnwood Water is just south of Loughborough town centre on Tuckers Road and is a haven for both wildfowl and woodland species. It was once a claypit and brickworks that supplied the bricks for the original St Pancras station in London. More...

Cossington Meadows

The area used to be worked for gravel extraction but that is now finished, the pits filled in and it has been a nature reserve since being bought by LRWT in 2004. It is on the NW outskirts of Cossington village. More...

Dimminsdale

Dimminsdale is near the head of Staunton Harold reservoir and is partly in Derbyshire and partly in Leicestershire, it is owned by Severn Trent Water and administered by LRWT. The reserve comprises mainly broad leafed woodland with a number of ponds caused by collapsed mineral workings. More...

Groby Pool

Situated some 4 miles north west of Leicester just north of the A50 and Groby village this many centuries old pool and its surroundings is host to a both aquatic and land species with a total list of some 150. More...

A mature woodland situated on the road between Nanpantan and Woodhouse Eaves, it is managed by Charnwood Borough Council and should produce a number of woodland species. More...

Take the footpath from Meeting street/Chavney road, through gate marked with footpath sign and Caravan club sign, head along to brook that flows out of the reservoir. Follow along right hand side, roughly half way between farm and where the footpath diverges away from brook is a good place. More...

Rutland Water

Although not exactly local to Loughborough it is only 30 miles away and is a one of the major nature reserves in the country with an all time species list of 267. With excellent facilities this has to be a must visit reserve. More...

Situated west of Mountsorrel and south of Quorn this is a good place to see most aquatic species. There are many viewing areas which are publically accessible. More...

Just 3 miles S of Loughborough, this 61 hectare site is classed as ancient semi natural woodland and has had public access for almost a century. More...

Thornton Reservoir

Owned by Severn Trent Water, this reservoir no longer supplies water into their system but it is now a leisure area and was designated a Wildlife Site in 2005. More...

Ulverscroft

This reserve, operated by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, has a mixture of open and wooded habitat and is situated just east of Copt Oak. More...

Situated some 8 miles from Loughborough and 6 miles from Leicester this 140 hectare site is a green oasis containing more than 12 lakes of varying sizes. Both the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal flow through the park It has a bird species list of 195 so is worth a visit to see how many of them you can see. More...