Places to see birds

Wood Lane Nature Reserve

Adult and children with book and binoculars birdwatching

One of the best bird-watching sites in Shropshire, this nature reserve has been developed over recent years on a disused industrial site, Tudor Griffiths Group's old sand and gravel workings.

Several large lagoons with islands and surrounding rough grassland make up the reserve, which is surrounded here by a working landscape with mountainous heaps of sand providing a backdrop - and also the perfect nesting opportunity for hundreds of pairs of sand martins. Landfill and quarrying activities take place adjacent to the reserve.

Best known for its long-legged water birds, spring and autumn visitors include greenshank, redshank, whimbrel, dunlin, green sandpiper and little stint.

Tree sparrow, another bird teetering on the edge of extinction, can also be found here and many of them have taken advantage of the nest boxes found around the reserve.

Ospreys are also a rare visitor to the site on their spring and autumn migration flights.

A permit is required to enter the two hides and can be obtained from Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Details are on their website at

Directions: Take the Colemere road off the A528 south-east of Ellesmere at the Spunhill crossroads. The car park is mile down on the right. Postcode SY12 0HY. Grid ref: SJ424328