Places to see birds

Venus Pool

Adult and children with book and binoculars birdwatching

Venus Pool is owned and managed by the Shropshire Ornithological Society and provides varied habitat for a wide selection of birds. The site surrounds a large shallow pool with five hides. Surrounding the pool the SOS have purchased fields that are being managed as marshland and meadowland.
The fields are used to grow crops that provide winter food for birds.
The list for the site shows over 170 species including Red Throated Diver, Red Necked Grebe, Black necked Grebe, Great Bittern, Little Egret, Spoonbill, Tundra Swan, Whooper Swan, Tundra Bean Goose, Brent Goose , Eurasian Widgeon, Green Winged Teal, Red Crested Pochard, Long Tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Smew, Red Breasted Merganser, Red Kite, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Grey Partridge, Spotted Crake, Black Winged Stilt, Dotterel, European Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Red Knot, Osprey.
Venus Pool is just south of the A458 Shrewsbury to Much Wenlock road between Cross Houses and Cressage. From Cross Houses, travelling south-east, take the second right, the unclassified road to Upper Cound. Venus Pool is now on the left of the road as you travel south and you will find the entrance gate as you go up the hill towards Venus Bank. The gate is usually open throughout the day but will be locked after nightfall. A car park will be found just inside the gate - please leave your car here and walk down the path to the hides. There is access for disabled members to a small car park close to the public hide. There are no toilet facilities on the site.
The reserve is open to non members although one hide is designated for members only.
You can obtain further details by visiting the Shropshire Ornithological website at