The site is public park of about 75 acres within the city of Stoke-on-Trent, the majority of which comprises the main lake from which the site gets its name. There is also a smaller model- boating pool and a conservation area with several small pools and maturing woodland.
The site is at Longport, Stoke-on-Trent and can be reached off the B 5999 (formerly A527).
Map reference: SJ 8550; Map showing location of Westport Lake .
As the site is a public park then access is available to everyone, although vehicular access is restricted to daylight hours. Pedestrian access is also possible from the adjacent Trent and Mersey canal, which forms the eastern boundary to the site.
There are two car parks adjacent to the model boating lake, where there are also toilet facilities.
Despite being within the heart of a major industrial conurbation, the site has over the years produced significant birds on a regular basis. This is due to a combination of the site being on a regular migration route, and the fact that it is regularly watched due to its central location. The site has now recorded in excess of 200 species.
Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Coot, Moorhen, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail, Willow Tit and Bullfinch.
Buzzard, Little Ringed Plover, Grey Wagtail, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Reed Bunting.
Passage waders including Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Snipe, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Whimbrel, Redshank and Greenshank.
Passage terns including Common, Arctic and Black Tern on a regular basis.
Little Grebe, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Pochard, Goldeneye, Siskin, Goldfinch and Redpoll.
Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, Leach's Storm Petrel, Purple Heron, Velvet Scoter, Honey Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Osprey (4), Avocet (6), Kentish Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Arctic Skua, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull (2), Caspian Tern (2), Little Auk, Wood Lark (2), Richard's Pipit, Hume's Leaf Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike and Arctic Redpoll (4).
Report: Westport Lake, Staffs, The 2001 Bird Year.
Thanks to David Kelsall for writing this page, and for his photographs.
Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.
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