Lifford Reservoir and woodland sits between Brandwood and Kings Norton. It's a special, hidden place with wildlife in abundance. This 'Discover and Do' trail will help you explore and learn about nature in a fun and interactive way.

You might just enjoy ‘discovering’ the Nature Doors on a walk, but you can ‘do’ challenges too via a QR code/URL weblink! You may need to download a QR Code Reader App if your camera is not set up to read them.

Getting around the woodland and reservoir!

Twelve* Nature Doors are located along the suggested route of orange dots.

*When trail curated on 18.8.23. We hope they remain in situ!

First time visiting?

Access & Terrain

The path surfaces in both the woodland and around the reservoir are mainly a hard surface, although some covered in mud. However, there are a few parts which have slopes and tree roots, and uneven surfaces, which will be challenging for wheelchairs and buggies. 

Slope down onto Reservoir footpath.

Path surface around the Reservoir.

Woodland footpath alongside river.

Lower footpath between woodland and reservoir.

At the entrance via Tunnel Lane there is parking and benches which overlook the reservoir. We have created an alternative trail which you access from anywhere. 

How to get there

There are four entrances to the reservoir (see map below). 

Tunnel Lane (off Lifford Lane, next to the tip.) Some parking.  B30 3JJ.

Entrance from Lifford Close. Street parking only. B14 6QL.

Entrance from Brandwood End Park. On corner with Allens Croft Road. Street parking only. B14 6QN.

Accessible from the canal towpath. Limited parking. Enter the canal from Towpath Way. Street Parking only. B14 6QB.

Thank yous!

Thank you to the Friends of Lifford Reservoir for their support devising this trail, especially to Alex, Clare, Darcy and Ned for co-designing the route and challenges and Tracey for identifying tree species. The Friends’ group Facebook page is a great place to share photos. Thank you to Sara, Phil, Donna, Alex and Brian for allowing us to use their photos and film. We commissioned Andy Phelps to make the Nature Doors and local emerging artists to create wildlife artwork. Huge thank you to Laila, Erin and SJ.

Have fun discovering nature doors and taking part in some activities.

This project is part of our Laughter Lines project funded by Sport England through the Active Communities programme. It is part of our Beaming Brandwood themed work in 2023.