The Lookout - Draycote Water, Warwickshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dragontree
N 52° 19.914 W 001° 18.284
30U E 615514 N 5799307
Quick Description: This bird watching location is on the north eastern edge of Draycote Water.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/27/2010 9:23:35 AM
Waymark Code: WM8A87
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Sieni
Views: 5

Long Description:
The bird hide is near a boardwalk and both provide good views across this reservoir. There are many birds who are resident and visitors to Draycote Water. There is a comprehensive list of them all on the Draycote Birding website: (visit link)

We saw cormorants, moorhens, ducks and a sparrow hawk when we visited. On the special feeding station next to the hide we saw chaffinch, great tit and blue tit.

Wikipedia describes this area:
(visit link)

'Draycote Water is a reservoir and country park near the village of Dunchurch, 6 km south of Rugby in Warwickshire, England, owned and operated by Severn Trent Water. It supplies drinking water to Rugby, via Barby Storage Reservoir, and is named after the nearby hamlet of Draycote.

The reservoir was created in the 1960s and was opened in January 1969 and is by far the largest expanse of water in Warwickshire. It covers more than 600 acres (2.4 km²) and holds up to 5,000 million imperial gallons (23 million m³) of water.

It is renowned as a site for Birdwatching and has a bird hide, with a feeding station sponsored by the West Midland Bird Club. Severn-Trent also manage an adjacent 20 acre (81,000 m²) country park.

Draycote Water is now home to a herd of over 200 alpacas. Toft Alpacas is based on the banks of the reservoir and the animals can be seen from the road surrounding Draycote. Public footpath walks can be taken off the water to get a closer look at the farm and these unusual inhabitants of rural Warwickshire.

Draycote is particularly popular with boaters, windsurfers and fly fishers. Fly fishing is for brown trout and rainbow trout from the banks or from boats which can be hired from the fishing lodge.

It is also popular with cyclists and walkers.'
Park Name: Draycote Water

Sponsoring Organization: Severn-Trent Water

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Website: [Web Link]

Entrance Fee: 2.00 (listed in local currency)

List any Hides, Birding Towers, or other structures to assist in Birdwatching found at the location:
Bird Hide called 'The Lookout' Feeding Station Boardwalk


Parking Coordinates: N 52° 18.125 W 001° 19.421

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