Upton Warren (Worcestershire Wildlife Trust)
Reserve Name Upton Warren
Managing Authority Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
SO 936677 (Moors Pools), SO 932673 (Flashes Pools) (Landranger 150 Explorer 204)
The entrance to the Moors Pool is on the A38 Droitwich to Bromsgrove road about 450m north of the Swan Inn at Upton Warren. A lane leads to a small car park. Please do not park on the lane, by the A38 entrance or near the houses.
Access to the Flashes Pools is from the sailing centre car park about 200m south west of the Swan Inn. Walk round the south west bank of the sailing pool to this part of the reserve.
Parking & Toilet Provision
Visiting Wildlife Trust members should carry their membership card, and non-members must obtain a permit (£3) either from the Trust offices at Smite, volunteers on site or from the Outdoor Education Centre. Any visitor without their membership card will be charged for a £3 permit.
Description of Habitat & Facilities
This is Worcestershire’s premier birdwatching site and has produced a series of rarities over the years. Sadly, no great effort has been made to help disabled people and what access there is comes more or less by pure chance. The reserve is divided into two parts, the Moors Pool and the Flashes.
The Flashes are more or less inaccessible for disabled people, difficulty 5. Parking is available at the sailing club (SO932672) which is accessed on the opposite side of the roundabout to Webb’s Garden Centre, the path then runs round the side of the sailing lake and is uneven and gravelly in places. A small set of awkward steps (signposted) then need to negotiated, followed by a relatively easy boardwalk which gives access to one little used hide, the boardwalk continues and turns into a (usually) muddy path. The path is fairly flat and passable when dry. There are two further hides, both accessible up a set of steps numbering about a dozen. The first hide gives views to the feeding station and the second general views over the Flashes.
The Moors Pool is slightly more accessible. Access is by a small lane leading off the A38 at SO936677. This leads to a small car park on the left immediately after the sleeping policeman. There are four hides, a small one near the car park having half a dozen steps and looking over a small reed-bed. Another, larger, hide can be found by following down the lane and bearing right round the lake, but is very difficult to access for disabled people. By taking the path opposite the car park two hides can be found. The path can be muddy, but is usually passable for a wheelchair, difficulty 1 or 2 when muddy. The first (concrete) hide is accessible for a wheelchair and is adapted for their use. However the views are not as good as from the two main hides and vegetation sometimes grows up in front of it. The main hide is up a set of 15 steps and gives excellent views of the Moors Pool and a good feeding station.
Andy Thomas’ excellent website gives a good description of the birds to be found
Description of Trails
Number of Hides
Description of Hides [By name or number]
Contributor Sandy Saunders
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