Must see nature reserves

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