Birch Road Pond

Birch Road Pond

A delightful patch of wet woodland with a pond, right in the centre of Ellesmere.

Location

Birch Road
Ellesmere
Shropshire
Ellesmere
Shropshire
SY12 OEW

OS Map Reference

SJ400346
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A static map of Birch Road Pond

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

There is limited parking on the side of the road opposite the gate onto the recreation ground. Otherwise park in the public car park in Ellesmere.

Access

Footpath runs right around the pond, with a boardwalk over the marshy areas. The viewing platform is accessible to wheelchairs. Please contact the Trust for disabled access information.

From the centre of Ellesmere take the road signposted for the marina (Birch Road). Along this road is the open recreation ground on the right, before the cricket ground. Go through the kissing gate onto the recreation ground and head straight across to Birch Road Pond.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Accessible trails

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

Once an area used as a rubbish dump, this pond and surrounding woodland have now been transformed into an area local people can enjoy. In summer the vegetation grows into a fantastic jungle; an ideal place for birds and other wildlife. Willows here attract a lot of insects, such as the caterpillars of over 90 moth species.

Next to the recreation ground on Birch Road, this is one of those edge of town wild areas that could so easily have been lost to development or tidied into the bland uniformity of a municipal park. Fortunately Ellesmere people saw its value and this delightful patch of wet woodland and the pond at its centre have survived to provide frogs, newts and dragonflies with somewhere to live.

In summer the vegetation grows into a fantastic jungle; an ideal place for birds and other wildlife. Herons and house martins feed from and over the pool and common newts breed here. The open water attracts dragonflies and damselflies. Great spotted woodpeckers, bullfinches, goldfinches, nuthatch and willow warbler are among some of the bird species seen here.  

Directions: From Ellesmere town centre follow signs to Ellesmere College. This leads you to Birch Road. The recreation ground is on your right and the pond is at the lower end.  

Contact us

Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01743 284280

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