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RSPB Middleton Lakes (1 Viewer)


Just wondered what it's like underfoot on the Wetlands Trail now, planning a visit on Wednesday but don't want to go wading!

17/4/14 Middleton Hall Redpoll by feeders.
Silt Pool Reed Warbler
fisher's mill Green Sand, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Snipe.
fisher's mill meadow Whitethroat
Dosthill lake Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler.

Regards, John
23/4/14 Middleton Hall
Heronry view pool Reed Warbler singing and Garden Warbler singing behind the wildlife only sign at the end of the farm paddock.
Fisher's mill Glossy Ibis, 13 House Martin, 2 Reed Warbler singing.

Regards, John
Garden Tiger

At Dosthill lake yesterday a Garden Tiger larvae was seen sunning, once a Common Moth throughout Warwickshire, now you are lucky to see one anywhere in Warwickshire.

Regards, John


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River Tame Footbridge
Hi all, (especially Moocher),

sorry for the delayed reply, I dont check this every day and have been out of the office for most of the last week.

The bridge is a bit harder to provide information on as the delivery of it lies with a third party, Hanson so out of our hands. I can try to provide some clarity into the situation from what I do know and hopefully that is helpful.

The bridge is part of the restoration agreement for Middleton Hall Quarry (much of which is now Middleton Lakes). The agreement between Hanson and Staffordshire CC states that the bridge is required to complete the planning obligations outlined when consent was given for quarrying.

Hanson are committed to deliver the bridge but have to meet various requirements in advance of construction.

The specification for the bridge has been signed off by the Councils highways department and the two councils (Staffs and Warks) have agreed to amendments to the public footpaths to include the bridge so that it can officially be adopted by the council. All the landowners are currently being consulted.

Because of the delays Hanson have needed to re-apply for Environment Agency consent for the structure and its foundations and this is in process.

The bridge has been partly fabricated and the contractors lined up to do the foundations. The lead in for bridge delivery and construction is several weeks so at the moment the best case scenario is for the bridge to be installed this autumn. I am afraid that I cannot guarantee when the bridge construction will start or be complete but you can be assured that we are helping Hanson wherever we are able and 'encouraging' them as best we can as we want to see the bridge in place as much as anyone.

It is very frustrating and the bridge saga has been going on as long as I have been working here (7 years) with rarely a day passing without someone asking me about it so fingers crossed it will be installed soon.

Sorry I am not able to provide any more certainty but I will aim to keep everyone informed when I do know more detail about timings.

All the best,


Nick Martin
Senior Sites Manager, Middleton Lakes
Great day at Middleton today. Weather and light amazing :) Small whirlpool forming and reforming sluce by the bridge!


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Another fabulous afternoon, weather much better than I thought it would be. Definitely needed wellies though!


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