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Edgbaston Reservoir

Edgbaston Reservoir

Hello again everyone!

Living in a vibrant and fast-paced city like Birmingham in our day-to-day studying or working, we forget to keep a bit more in touch with nature sometimes. We simply forget about it, being as busy as we are sometimes with so many responsibilities. Today I thought I would talk a little about one of Birmingham’s relaxing areas I enjoy going to: Edgbaston Reservoir, one of my favourite places in Birmingham to relax.

Edgbaston Reservoir has historic importance to Birmingham. It is a local nature reserve located in Ladywood, less than two miles from the city centre, and has been around since 1872 when it was built as a top-up for Birmingham’s canal system – and it is still used for the same purpose today.

Besides being a great place to relax and enjoy the quiet and beauty of the surroundings, it’s perfect for a walk to explore and soothe yourself. Or you can run, jog or cycle along the path around the reservoir, which is 1.75 miles long!

The reservoir is surrounded by woodland and grassland harbouring newts, bats and a diversity of birds throughout the year, making it a good place near the city for birdwatching or even if you feel like feeding some ducks. Aside from benefitting the canals and wildlife, the reservoir also offers a variety of water activities for all of us, providing leisure for sailors, rowers, canoeists, wind-surfers etc…

If you can find the chance to spend some time there looking through your schedule, take it – it’s a great place to recharge your ‘batteries’ while contemplating your surroundings. It’s fantastic for your mental health as well!

Have a great week, everyone!


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