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Blithfield Reservoir Staffordshire

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Looking towards the causeway.
Andy Payne
Looking towards the causeway.

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Site Details

A 800-acre (324 hectare) drinking water reservoir opened by South Staffs Water in 1953, to supply Burton-upon-Trent. It is crossed by a causeway which splits it in two.

The West Midland Bird Club has exclusive rights to issue permits for the shoreline and woodand areas.

Several parts of the reservoir are visible from public areas such as the causeway, car parks adjacent to it, and a stretch of Watery Lane, without a permit.


Blithfield Reservoir
c/o Po Box 1, Studley B80 7JG

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Birding Sites in the Blithfield Reservoir Area

Additional Site Details


Follow the Uttoxeter Road from Rugeley. has site and location maps.


Shoreline and woodland areas: permits from the West Midland Bird Club ONLY.


Several public car parks.


There are several hides around the reservoir FOR PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY.

Key Areas / Routes

Blithe Bay and Tad Bay (both good for waders); causeway and dam (both good for wagtails and pipits). Map here (PDF).

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