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Littleton Brick Pits

A chain of reed beds close to the Severn Estuary that are an important feeding and resting place for migrating birds

One of a chain of reed beds close to the Severn Estuary, this reserve is an important feeding and resting place for migrating birds. It is in an unusual setting, next to a wild stretch of the Severn Estuary and beside an industrial site.

The tall reeds provide a breeding ground for reed and sedge warblers and reed buntings. The best time to see migrating birds is when they arrive in spring, and late summer when they leave. The reed warbler is one such summer visitor, completely dependent on reed beds for nesting, and returning to the same breeding site each year.

In early autumn a variety of other migrant birds such as blackcap, chiffchaff, willow warbler and whitethroat visit the reserve.

The brick pit was once the site of clay extraction for brick making, and filled with surplus slurry which the present reed bed has colonised.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Wetland

Nearby nature reserves

Lancaut
5 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Ban-y-Gor Woods
5 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust
Ridley Bottom
5 miles - Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Permit access only, details from AWT
Littleton-upon-Severn
Avon
Map reference
ST 590 911
Best time to visit
Mar - Jul
Aug - Nov
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
2.11 hectares
Access
Permit required

Permit required, contact the Trust. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
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Parking
Parking for permit holders only
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Grazing animals
no
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust