The wetlands including Arrow Valley Lake

A huge variety of wetland habitats exists in Arrow Valley Country Park including the river Arrow, steams and culverts, marshland, reed beds, wet meadows, seasonal ponds and of course the 29-acre Arrow Valley Lake.

Arrow Valley Lake was created in the early 1970s after colossal quantities of material was dug out to landscape the new town of Redditch, such as for all the embankments that were built along the dual carriageways to reduce the impact of traffic noise and pollution on homes.

Today it has an excellent stock of fish, many species of migratory birds use the lake during the year and it is a breeding ground for native birds in the summer. It’s also a hub of activity for water sports and recreation.

With the lake as the focal point of the park, and with the decline of British wetlands due to the development of land for farming or buildings over many centuries, we believe our wetlands are a very important asset.