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Situated close to the city centre, Edgbaston Reservoir is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. It was built in 1827 by Thomas Telford as a top up for Birmingham canal system and is still used for that purpose today. The 70 acres site is mainly open water and supports a variety of birdlife; it is also a valuable city site for animals such as newts and bats. A belt of woodland and grassland encircles the reservoir providing an oasis of natural beauty in an urban setting. There are currently no public toilets on site.
The Ranger Service for Perry Barr and Ladywood is based at Edgbaston Reservoir. It provides a public information service, an annual programme of events and educational sessions which include school visits, Forest School and work experience placements. Working in partnership with the police, environmental services, wildlife trust and other agencies the aim is to protect, promote and enhance the natural environment of the Reservoir for the benefit of its wildlife, heritage, the local community and visitors.
Walkers and joggers can enjoy the approximately 2.8 km (1.75 miles) path around the reservoir includes a Walk 2000 route.
There is rowing provided by The Birmingham Rowing Club, sailing provided by The Midland Sailing Club and a Sea Cadet Centre - TS Vernon you can find out more about joining the Sea Cadets by phoning 0121 454 3136.
Fishing is very popular at the site, please follow this link to find out more.
Accessibility - Please follow the link for more information about disabled access and facilities available at Edgbaston Reservoir(you will be directed to the DisabledGo website).
Directions and Site Entrances
The main entrance and car park is at the end of Reservoir Road. The car park opens at 8am and is locked at dusk. There are three other pedestrian entrances, Rotton Park Road, Icknield Port Road and Gillott Road. It should be noted that the Gillott road entrance is a flight of steps.
Address: The Ranger's Lodge,115 Reservoir Road, Ladywood, Birmingham, B16 9EE.
Public Transport: for information on bus routes, please phone Traveline on 0870 6082 608
Edgbaston Reservoir has an active friends group. To find out more please follow this link Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir.