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RSPB Sandwell Valley


The RSPB site is based around part of Forge Mill Lake within Sandwell Valley Country Park.
The visitor centre sits in the heart of the nature reserve with views over forge mill lake; here you can pick up self-guided family activities, such as pond dipping nets or just pick up a map and a hot drink. There are paths and trails to follow and a lakeside viewpoint where you can enjoy the wetland wildlife.

There is a car park next to the visitor centre.

Further information is available from the RSPB website.


There nature reserve is full of all kinds of wildlife, from colourful kingfishers and bullfinches to beautiful butterflies and wildflowers. The winter sees the arrival of an array of ducks on the lake and in the spring there is the return of the swallows and swifts. The reserve is very important for breeding birds, such as the oystercatcher and lapwing.

To become involved in looking after the site there are a range of opportunities, including helping in the Visitors Centre and carrying out practical work on the reserve. To find out more contact the RSPB on 0121 357 7395


RSPB Nature Reserve is on 20 Tanhouse Avenue, Great Barr, West Bromwich. It can also be reached by walking from Forge Mill Farm, Forge Lane, Sandwell Valley Country Park.


There is a small car park off Tanhouse Avenue as well as next to the visitor centre.


RSPB Nature Reserve has good links to both the bus and rail network. Contact Network West Midlands for further details.

Disabled access

Much of the site is wheelchair accessible with assistance.


The reserve is open at all times to pedestrians.

The visitor centre, car park and lakeside viewpoint are open 10am–5pm April-September and 10am-4pm October-March, Tuesday to Sunday. Please note, the lakeside viewpoint is managed by volunteers and opening times are subject to the availability of volunteers.

Please call 0121 357 7395 for details of special events throughout the year.

Primary schools can book for an inspiring learning experience and tick some of those important curriculum targets. With carefully designed programmes will help primary school pupils develop a range of skills and learn how to identify mini-beasts, habitats and so much more.

Photo credit Andy Purcell

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