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RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES: RSPB Sandwell Valley voted one of the best sites in the UK

RECHARGE YOUR BATTERIES: RSPB Sandwell Valley voted one of the best sites in the UK

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The RSPB, who have over 200 nature reserves in the UK, have hand-picked their best sites to visit on your autumn “staycation”.

RSPB Sandwell Valley in Birmingham, West Midlands, has been chosen for its awe-inspiring sunsets over its wildlife rich lake and reed beds.

#EscapetheEveryday this September and experience the magic of autumn colours with the RSPB from either right here in the West Midlands, or one of their other top sites further afield.


With over 200 nature reserves across the country, the charity are celebrating the wonderful autumn season by inviting people to spend time in nature – whether it’s a relaxing stroll through swaying reeds, a crunchy walk through fallen leaves and mystical woodland, or a peaceful sunset over a mosaic of habitats.

The outdoors, and the wildlife that calls it home, bought solace in much needed times during the Covid-19 crisis, with over half of people in the UK turning to and noticing the nature around them more during the pandemic, according to YouGov. Now, the charity hopes that this connection to nature can grow, with more people seeking time in nature to refresh, relax and look after their wellbeing.


Speaking of the charity’s shortlist of autumn nature reserves, the RSPB’s Becca Smith said:“Whether it’s close to home or further afield, making time to incorporate nature into your staycation this autumn can really help you to recharge your batteries.

“A visit to one of our fantastic reserves can help you do just that. With plenty on offer from winding paths and family fun trails, to wildlife spectacles, vast landscape panoramas, cosy cafés, and shops packed with gifts and treats for any nature enthusiast, there is something for everyone to enjoy this September.”

Right here in the West Midlands, RSPB Sandwell Valley nature reserve has been crowned one of the RSPB’s best places to visit this autumn for its calming sunsets which cast magnificent colours across the reserve’s lake and pools.

Stroll along the reserve’s pathways and witness the reedbeds undergoing their dramatic transformation; losing their summer green as the seed heads turn purple and the stems turn to glorious gold. Gaze up at the mosaic of orange coloured trees as the woodland leaves turn into their autumnal reds and browns.

Making the top ten list, alongside nature reserves from across the country, visitors to the reserve may spot wading birds amongst the wet grasslands such as lapwings and snipe, while water rail and reed buntings dart between the reeds on the marsh. Look out for the brightly coloured bullfinches too, who love to feed outside the visitor centre.

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