Heritage Around the Reservoir

Heritage can mean different things, but we bet that no matter how you define it you can find something on that list around Bartley Reservoir. One of Friends of Bartley Reservoir's key objectives is to connect residents to their heritage around them, so that it can be clearly identified, understood, and valued, and therefore more likely to be protected by future generations.

Ancient Woodland

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Bromwich Wood Local Nature Reserve

A modest sized, semi natural, ancient woodland on the west side of Bartley Reservoir. The woodland is dominated by Oak Trees with a good diversity of other tree, shrub species, and spring flowering plants. It has good primary trail pathways but boots or wellingtons are recommended in autumn and winter, especially following rain. 

15th Century Church

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St Leonard's Church

St Leonard's is a beautiful 15th century church with a community hall and picturesque churchyard; it is often referred to as ‘Frankley Church’ due to its location in Frankley. It is a real jewel in the crown of Bartley Reservoir. We encourage everyone to explore and enjoy on your walk around the reservoir. 

The Reservoirs

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Bartley and Frankley

Built to accommodate the clean drinking water needs of the growing city of Birmingham, Bartley Reservoir also provides water sport opportunities and supports large numbers of migrating bird life. Bartley reservoir's perimeter can be walked and provides calming views out over the water.

 

Public Spaces

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Picnic Area, Meadows, & Field

St Leonard's is a beautiful 15th century church with a community hall and picturesque churchyard; it is often referred to as ‘Frankley Church’ due to its location in Frankley. It is a real jewel in the crown of Bartley Reservoir. We encourage everyone to explore and enjoy on your walk around the reservoir. 

Ancient Pathways

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Public Footpaths

Bartley Reservoir is well connected by by its pathway heritage with Public Footpaths made of Public Rights of Way and 'Easements by Prescription', that combined allow for easier direct access to the reservoir from the surrounding areas, as well as making a full circular walking route through Severn Trent land possible. 

Sailing Heritage

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Bartley Sailing Club

Starting in the 1970's Bartley Sailing Club has ensured sailing, and water sports more generally, have grown to become as much a part of the reservoir's heritage as anything else. Enjoy sailing, foiling, windsurfing, canoeing, and paddle boarding. 

 

Farming & Rural Heritage

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Arable & Live Stock

The area surrounding Bartley Reservoir has a rich farming history; what was once many small farm landowners has now reduced to just two who farm the whole area: Egghill Farm and Park Farm. These are mostly arable farmers although they do keep some live stck.

Birding Heritage

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Birdwatching

Birding, or bird watching, has a rich heritage at Bartley Reservoir with a long list of species recorded over the last 90 years. Bill Oddie grew up birding here and produced his first report for the West Midlands Bird Society on the birds of Bartley Reservoir in 1962. The main interest centres on wildfowl, passage waders and terns and roosting gulls. 

Educational Heritage 

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Primary, Grammar, and University

Bartley Reservoir has a rich and diverse educational heritage with the 1950's and 60's seeing the establishment of St Michaels's Primary, King Edwards Grammar, and Newman College, around its edges. All are diverse in their conception, religion, and heritage