A working quarry site owned by Tudor Griffiths, with managed pools which have become a haven for birds.

Location

South of Ellesmere on the Colemere Road
Ellesmere
Shropshire
SY12 0HY
Ellesmere
SY12 0HY
A static map of Wood Lane

Know before you go

Size
15 hectares

Entry fee

No

Access

Contact the Trust for access information.

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

  One of the best bird-watching sites in Shropshire, Wood Lane Nature Reserve has been developed in recent years on worked-out industrial land, Tudor Griffiths Group’s old sand and gravel workings near Ellesmere. Several large lagoons with islands and surrounding wetland 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. More than 180 species of birds have been recorded at Wood Lane since the nature reserve was established in 1999. Pumps control the water levels, so that optimum amounts of mud and water are available for wading birds such as greenshank and curlew; islands have been created for safe roosting; hundreds of trees have been planted and scores of nest boxes installed. The reserve is a rare and much valued haven for breeding lapwing, tree sparrow and yellow hammer, while little ringed plover is another speciality. The sand mountain provides an ideal nesting site for sand martin, of which 500 pairs have been known. Waders, such as greenshank, godwit and whimbrel, drop in to feed up on their migration journeys in spring and autumn. There are around 40 breeding bird species on the reserve. There are two large hides facing the lagoons and school groups regularly visit. A permit is required to access the hides- please apply using the form below.

Directions: From the A528, just south of Ellesmere, take the Colemere road at the Spunhill crossroads. The car park is ¾ mile down on the right.  

Contact us

Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01743 284280

Apply for a permit to access Wood Lane bird hides