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Published May 16th 2015
A walk on the wild(life) side
You don't need to be a keen bird watcher to enjoy a walk around Croxall Lakes in Staffordshire, but it certainly helps.
This almost hidden gem of a nature reserve has been created from an old quarry that long ago gave up its contents of sand and gravel. It now features two large lakes situated at the merger of three rivers, the Trent and its tributaries, the Tame and the Mease.
Now forming part of a much larger area of restored wetlands in the Trent Valley flood plain, Croxall Lakes is home to a large variety of wintering and breeding birds.
On the day that I visited there were flocks of house martins swooping overhead picking off insects near the first of the two lakes close by to the entrance.
But on the actual bodies of water themselves I spotted a pair of swans, a grebe, a heron, coots, plus various types of duck and goose - not bad for one shortish visit.