Carsington Water

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Carsington Water
Winter divers

Winter divers

The reservoir is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water and is part of a 'water compensation' scheme. This means that water is pumped here from the River Derwent at times of high rainfall, stored in the reservoir and returned to the Derwent when the river level would otherwise be too low to allow water extraction for treatment (and drinking) further downstream. No water is actually extracted from Carsington Water itself.
There is a Visitor Centre which has within it a permanent exhibition explaining the role of water in our daily lives, and a wide range of facilities including shops selling souvenirs, craft items, embroidery materials, ceramics, books etc and a cafe and restaurant. There is wheelchair access.
In winter, up to 6,000 birds may gather on the reservoir including goldeneyes, tufted ducks, gadwalls, wigeons, teals and coots.
In spring, the reservoir is home to breeding birds such as lapwings, redshanks, tree sparrows, redstarts and ravens. Carsington Water's regular rare visitors - include divers, grebes and waders.
The RSPB are here every Tuesday and Sunday, 10.30 am-4 pm (3.30 pm October-March) except between Christmas and New Year, and hold other regular events every week throughout the year. Please contact the RSPB regional office for further information.
There will be several telescopes and three pairs of binoculars available for you to use. Indoor viewing opportunities from the wildlife discovery centre are available via a CCTV link from cameras around the site (hopefully including a nestbox camera) and a remote controlled camera - images from which can be seen on the screens in the wildlife centre. Staff and volunteers will also be on hand to show you the birds on specific event days.

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