Wood Lane

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


South of Ellesmere on the Colemere Road
SY12 0HY

OS Map Reference

SJ 42499 32959
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A static map of Wood Lane

Know before you go

15 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Tudor Griffiths car park for fishing and the nature reserve is on the right on the road between the crossroads with the A528 (Ellesmere-Shrewsbury) and Colemere.

Grazing animals



Accessibility: Green

Entrances are all open or gates. Bird hides are fully accessible, but require entrance code. Generally hard flat surfaces with the odd muddy spot.

This is part of a working quarry, so vehicles will occasionally cross tracks.


No dogs permitted


Bird hides

When to visit

Opening times

Open between 7.30am-6.30pm daily (gates are locked between 6.30pm and 7.30am).

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

* As of Monday 19th July the site including the bird hide is reopen to the public. Inside the hide we have provided hand sanitizer and we would politely ask that masks are worn. To ensure there is plenty of space for all, we would suggest the maximum occupancy of the hide is 4 people.* A bird hide permit is required to visit the hides, you can apply for this below.

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- 500 pairs have been known!

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. Birds such as godwit and whimbrel, drop in to feed up on their migration journeys in spring and autumn.

The reserve is a rare and much valued haven for breeding lapwing, tree sparrow and yellow hammer, while little ringed plover is another speciality. There are around 40 breeding bird species on the reserve.

There are two large hides facing the lagoons and school groups regularly visit.

Getting to Wood Lane

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.  

A permit is required to access the hides- please apply using the form below.

Contact us

Location map

Apply for a permit to access Wood Lane bird hides

We keep a record of the bird sighting at Wood Lane - click here.

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