Bittell Reservoir

Supplying water to the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Bittel Reservoir was built so that goods such as chocolate crumb for Cadbury, rock salt and coal could be transported via canal, right up until 1961.

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Why it's so special

Located within open undulating farmland, in north east Worcestershire between Barnt Green to the south and the Longbridge to the north, Bittell Reservoir extends over a wide area, covering nearly 67 hectares. 

Over 200 species of water birds have been recorded here including wintering wading birds and waterfowl. Breeding birds such as great crested grebe, little ringed plover and grasshopper warbler have also made this wonderful place their home.

Rare silt shoreline plants such as slender spike rush and mudwort can also be found here, along with the rare mud snail, and five different species of dragonfly.

Recognised for wildlife importance, Natural England designated the SSSI in 1956.

The plan

The wildlife and habitats are threatened by siltation, declines in water quality, encroachment of vegetation and non-native species. Even shading from trees has an impact. 

Our environment team, along with Natural England and support from the players of the People's Postcode Lottery, will help manage this site and optimise the habitats for the wildlife that reside here.

What we've done already

  • Sensitive tree management to reduce shading, along reservoir site boundaries
  • Created ponds within the marginal fringe to protect the rare shoreline plant species during operational reservoir drawdown.
  • Installation of bat boxes in key areas.