Witton Lakes, Gipsy Lane, Stockland Green, Birmingham, B23 7AS
- How to get there and parking
Entrances off Gypsy Lane, Perry Common Road and Bleak Hill Road. Access to the car park is off Faulkners Farm Drive. Nearest bus stops on Gypsy Lane and Perry Common Road.
- About the park
Witton Lakes is based around a pair of decommissioned drinking water reservoirs (previously known as Upper Witton Reservoir and Middle Witton Reservoir) which were completed in 1880. They are now maintained as leisure amenities and nature conservation areas for an abundance of species.
As a result the site is now a natural recreational amphitheatre in an urban setting, with links to neighbouring green spaces including a canal network and cycle route.
One of the lakes is used by model boating enthusiasts and the other to encourage wildlife – with a diversity of species attracted to it.
The lakes are spawning (not fishing) lakes and duckling watch patrols are undertaken by the community during the nesting season (April to September).
In addition, Witton Lakes Eco Hub has recently been built, which includes a café, toilet facilities and much more.
The north Birmingham cycle route runs through the surrounding park on-route to Sutton Park and a 1.1 mile (1.8km) trail is set up around the park which is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching. Dog walkers are also able to use this trail. The park also features open grassland, wooded areas and wild flower meadows. There are also numerous streams leading in and out of the lakes and a community orchard has been opened within the park boundary.
- Video introduction
- Facilities at the park
- Car park
- Two lakes
- Witton Lakes Eco Hub featuring a café.
- There are toilets at the Eco Hub
- Points of interest
- Natural play spaces
- The Velvet Community Orchard
- Other features
- Abundance of water birds attracted to the lake
- 1.8km perimeter walk
- North Birmingham cycle route runs through the surrounding park
- Wildflower meadows
- Woodland walks
- Park friends group
- Parks friends group activities
- Litter picking
- Conducting duckling watches
- Active involvement in the management of the park and organising activities/events
- Working with local groups, schools and organisations to improve the park
- Holding regular meetings (everyone welcome)