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Stanley Pool panorama

England, Staffordshire


Small canal-feeder reservoir at Stanley in North Staffordshire


Notable Species





Surely incomplete - please add the extras species previous contributors not seen and adjust the total:

Birds you can see here include:

Great Crested Grebe, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Ringed Teal (esc), Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Pheasant, Coot, Moorhen, Oystercatcher, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew, Common Gull, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Stock Dove, Woodpigeon, Barn Owl, Swift, Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, House Martin, Barn Swallow, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing, Northern Wheatear, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Common Whitethroat, Blackcap, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Starling, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Reed Bunting

Very incomplete total = 68

Please note: The only approved and complete list of birds for this site is held within the Staffordshire birds database - contact the Staffordshire County Bird Recorder for details.

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

At best in late summer or early autumn when the canal useage has dropped the water level and the site can then attract waders. Can be busy though so birds rarely stay long. Pool beyond footbridge in the SE of the site can be of interest

Access and Facilities

Google map for Stanley Pool

Access is legitimate only from footpath at the stream-in end to the S where a footpath runs from Bagnall across the reservoir bridge, and also from the main entrance - a footpath runs along the main entrance road and exits to the R of the dam making it possible to park in Puddy Lane below the dam and walk up path beside dam-pool to view across the water.

Disabled access

An edit from anyone with a perspective on this would be valuable

There is a metaled road with a steep incline leading up from Puddy Lane to the dam. At the top of the incline it would be possible to obtain a good view across most of the water.

Public Transport

Bus Service (currently 44) from Hanley runs past Puddy Lane which would give excellent access to the Pool, or bus to Endon and walk across fields to Pool.

First Journey Planner should help.

Survey work known

None known so...

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Contact Details

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Bibliography/ Further Reading

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External Links

Please add if any reputable and non-commercial sites are known.

Other sites nearby are:

within a few minutes travel: Park Hall, Berry Hill, Wetley Moor, Longsdon Mill Pool

a little further afield: Tittesworth Reservoir, Rudyard Lake, Westport Lake, Apedale, Blackbank, Consall,




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