Coombes Valley Blog
RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley nature reserve
Coombes Valley nature
reserve is a beautiful mosaic of woodland, pasture and hay meadows. The
deep valley is occupied by Combes brook a little stream with tremendous
charm and appeal, especially for dippers. In the spring and summer, pied
flycatchers flit through the sun-dappled trees, warblers sing in the lush
green boughs. Butterflies and bees flit around the meadows, feasting on
the nectar from the stunning wild flowers and orchids. In autumn and winter,
flocks of redwings, fieldfares, tits and finches arrive on the reserve
to feed and shelter in the bushes and trees.
RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley nature reserve, Six Oaks Farm, Bradnop,
Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 7EU. Tel:01538 384017
Four miles south east of Leek off the A523 Leek to Ashbourne road. The
minor road to the reserve is clearly marked off the A523, by following
the brown RSPB Coombes Valley signs.
The reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk (except Christmas Day and
The visitor centre and toilets are open daily from 9am to 5pm (except
Christmas Day and Boxing Day). There is a free car park and wonderful
picnic area with excellent views of the reserve's bird feeders; regrettably,
the site has no food or drink facilities (the nearest shops are 4 miles/6km
The reserve has an exciting events programme for 2009, to see what's on
at Coombes Valley please click here or use the following link.
The reserve has an innovative education shelter constructed from recycled
materials. It is an ideal place to bring a class, group or even hold a
Birthday party. For more information please contact Ros Sleigh on: 07921
Coombes and Churnet Valley nature reserve is a natural site with unimproved
paths and trails. The use of wheelchairs and pushchairs around the reserve
is not recommended. During autumn and winter, we recommend that wellington
or walking boots be worn when walking around the reserve.