RSPB Coombes and Churnet Valley nature reserve

Coombes Valley Blog

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.

Contact us:
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.

Opening times:
The reserve is open daily from dawn to dusk (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

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 away).

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 740679.

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.