Carsington Water is the 9th largest reservoir in England and is owned by Severn Trent Water. In addition to providing drinking water, the reservoir provides facilities for water sports, fishing and bird watching.
By walking around the reservoir or sitting in one of several hides you can watch a good variety of species. The hides look over the water and allow you to watch wildfowl and waders, including divers and some of the scarcer gulls and grebes in the winter, in relative warmth and comfort - one of the hides is even centrally heated.
The land around the reservoir comprises woodland and grassland and so birds of these habitats may also be seen. Tree Sparrows are present in good numbers, and Kingfisher, Buzzard and Raven are often seen.
The visitors centre has a restaurant and shops, including one that sells bird foods, feeders, binoculars, etc.
Below is a list of species I have observed on visits at different times of the year.
Great black-backed gull
|Great crested grebe
Great northern diver
Great spotted woodpecker
Lesser black-backed gull
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