Breathtaking views, amazing wildlife ... Staffordshire's gateway to the Peak District
One of the county's best birding destinations
A heather-covered reserve which is home to a population of rare bees
Our 'must see', or flagship nature reserves, will give you a great introduction to the amazing variety of wildlife you can see on your doorstep.
Our must visit reserves are the perfect places to go for a walk and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of nature - all have footpaths or a nature trail and space for parking.
Do you want to ...
- Admire impressive ancient trees? Once part of the Needwood Forset, Brankley Pastures near Burton-upon-Trent is full of fascinating and impressive trees.
- Brush up on your birding skills? Go to Doxey Marshes, in Stafford, one of the county's best sites for bird-watching.
- Take a winter walk and spot migrating birds? Grab your binoculars and head for Croxall Lakes, in Alrewas
- Enjoy a woodland wander? Take in woodland wildflowers in springtime and fabulous fungi in autumn at Hem Heath, in Stoke-on-Trent
- Listen to bees buzzing across a sea of purple heather? Make a beeline for Highgate Common near Wombourne to witness this super summer spectacle.
- Wander around an Ice Age landscape? Formed at the end of the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago, Loynton Moss near Woodseaves is today home to a range of wetland birds and insects.
- Take in breathtaking panoramic views and wild open moorland? Feel on top of the world on the Roaches, Staffordshire's gateway to the Peak District.
- Spot rare plants? With unique flora, including the county's finest displays of mountain pansies, Thorswood in the Staffordshire Moorlands is a must for any botanist.
Useful kit to bring
- Wear sturdy shoes and sensible clothing for the weather conditions
- If you have some, take a pair of binoculars to see wildlife in the trees or across the lake
If you are visiting with children, pack paper and pencils and get them to jot down what they see