Friends of Kingsbury Water Park 


March 2018 ... Now five years on from the formation of the Friends of Kingsbury Water Park (FoKWP) group; our website has been up and running for four years.

Our Walks have now been updated and revised. Please visit our Downloads Page; send any comments to Facebook or email Friends.KWP@gmail.com

The Friends of Kingsbury Water Park welcome any new members to their next meeting, at 7pm in the Education Centre of the Water Park on Wednesday, September 5th 2018.

Like most voluntary groups we have lots of ideas and enthusiasm, but a shortage of funds to see them all through. Nevertheless we have seen a few projects launched and many completed; with others are still ongoing.

 

  1. Bug Hotel
  2. Wild Flower planting
  3. Walks (To be found on the DOWNLOAD Page)
  4. Woodland Trust Wild Trees application
  5. Purchase of Fruit Trees for an Orchard
  6. Changing Places Toilet (initially a temporary facility to determine need & usage; then hopefully a permanent one).

Forthcoming Events @ The Park

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tufted Duck chicks

 

 

 


Wednesday (June 27th) morning we saw our first Tufted Duck chicks, ever, in the Park. They were seen on Willow Pool playing in the pond weed - 'ducking & diving'!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Quiet day at the Tamefest 2018


It was a beautiful day for the 2018 Tamefest at Hams Hall where the Friends shared a table with Kingsbury Water Park Rangers. There were various activities going on (pond dipping, willow weaving, stone carving & theatre) and tea & homemade cakes for sale at the church to round the day off!  

 

 

Tame Valley Wetlands LPS Evaluation Questionnaire Survey

As part of the final end of scheme evaluation, we are asking as many people as possible – partners, volunteers, local groups, the general public – to complete a short survey questionnaire. I would be really grateful if you could complete a survey for yourself and encourage your colleagues and volunteers to do the same. Our evaluation consultants (MRE) have also asked that partners promote the survey via their website and social media – could you do this for us please?

The link to the survey is here: www.tamevalleywetlands.co.uk/survey

 
We need Changing Places Toilets! - PETITION

Changing Places Toilets are essential for up to 250,000 people in the UK to enable them to travel and visit places for a day out.
There are now over 1,100 in the UK. Kingsbury Water Park now has one at Broomeycroft but we also need one for the main side of the park. Please support our campaign for a second Changing Places Toilet.

Download the Petition Here

Invasive Species Week 2018

Launched by NNSS (Non-Native Species Secretariat) received a boost at Kingsbury Water Park this week when the Friends of Kingsbury Water Park, together with Rangers Dan & Rachel, engaged with park visitors to raise awareness of the Check, Clean, Dry campaign.  

Most people are aware of the infamous Japanese Knotweed but how many people would recognise it or know how to manage its spread? Leaflets from NNSS were on hand to inform Friends and Visitors alike about invasive species that can be found in some parts of the Tame Valley. Volunteers at Kingsbury Water Park are already familiar with the invasive Himalayan Balsam (clearing it is one of the volunteers’ many and varied roles) but there are many other plants, insects and animals that present a risk to our native species.

 The message from NNSS is to be vigilant; Check, Clean & Dry equipment, boots and clothing to prevent the spread of invasive species. Most importantly, material from aquariums and ponds should never be dumped into lakes, rivers and canals. Advice can be found at:  http://www.nonnativespecies.org/checkcleandry/

 If anyone would like to join the volunteers at the park, there are great opportunities to enjoy the open air, learn more about habitat management and make new friends at the same time -
• Friday, 9am start – the park’s regular Volunteers meet and carry out many, varied tasks under the supervision of a Ranger. For more information please call 01827 872660 or email Ranger Steve on stevekell@warwickshire.gov.uk
• Voluntary Bailiff Service – for those interested in angling, this scheme works in partnership with the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust to protect fish and fisheries. Contact Kevin Pearson on 07495 433620 or email kevin.pearson@anglingtrust.net

 

 

 

Official opening of KWP's new Changing Places Toilet.

Over 30 people braved the rainy weather on Tuesday to attend the official opening of Kingsbury Water Park's new Changing Places Toilet at Broomey Croft. Fortunately for attendees, the rain stopped just at the right time! A few speeches & the cutting of the ribbon was followed by a lovely buffet, provided by the Granary Tea Rooms. Thanks to Denise & staff for the wonderful food (especially the fantastic 'themed' cup cakes) and to Broomey Croft Children's Farm for allowing us to spill over into their covered picnic area.

Thanks also to Cllr Andy Jenns for opening the new facility and, of course, to Warwickshire County Council for installing it.

Finally, a special thanks to Jane & Gillian from Accessible Derbyshire who made quite a lengthy trip to join the celebration. They both spoke movingly about the difference that Changing Places facilities can make to families affected by disability and both were so passionate about the campaign that their enthusiasm couldn't help but rub off onto everyone present!

 

 

Water Birds Info Board 

Thank you to the KWP volunteers for putting in our long-awaited bird information board today. It looks great......and the birds clearly agree! We'd also like to say thank you to the Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership for helping with this project and for providing match funding via the Heart of England Community Fund.

 

 

 

 



Kingsbury Water Park is a country park in North Warwickshire, England, not far from Birmingham and lying besides the River Tame on its eastern border. It is owned and managed by Warwickshire County Council. It has fifteen lakes situated in over 600 acres (2.4 km²) of country park. It is renowned for its bird-life, and is popular with birdwatchers. It is bordered on the western edge by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.

The setting up of the Water Park, from when planning permission was agreed in 1973 up to the day of opening, May 24th 1975. Money for the project came from the County Council and from a grant provided by the Countryside Commission. The gravel pits had been identified as a suitable area to develop following the 1968 Countryside Act which gave councils the power to establish country parks.

It was decided that Kingsbury was a suitable area to develop lakes which would ‘slow down’ the flow of water that was brought, via the Tame, from Birmingham’s conurbation into the River Trent to the north. Up until that point the River Trent had the reputation for being the most polluted river in the country and, as a major supplier to the city of Nottingham, the water authorities were anxious to promote any scheme which would help to reduce the debris flowing down.

On the 24th May 1975 Kingsbury Water Park welcomed its very first visitor. Since then millions of people have grown up with the park, coming at first with their parents, then returning again and again with their own children

In 1979/80, with the advent of the M42, the Water Park acquired land north of the motorway where the Nature Reserve was established. The caravan used in the Nature Reserve by the West Midlands Bird Club was eventually abandoned due to flooding and vandalism.

The park has also 'grown up'; from just 2 lakes in 123 acres to 15 lakes in 620 acres; from 50,000 visitors in the first year to 370,000 in 2012.The transformation from worked-out gravel sandpits to the beautiful landscaped park of today is amazing. Stroll along the flat surfaced paths, explore hidden corners, spot birds and wildlife, hire a bike, join an organised event or host your own event. Whatever your idea of a countryside visit is, you will find it at Kingsbury.

Throughout the park are a number of bridleways and footpaths. There are a variety of opportunities available for water-sports, including water skiing, jet-skis, power boats, sailing and model boat racing.

There is also a 7¼" gauge ridable miniature railway known as Echills Wood Railway. It is run by enthusiasts, who provide a 2 km loop, running a selection of steam, diesel and electric trains. Normally, the railway is open every Sunday, all weekend when it is a Bank Holiday weekend, and during Warwickshire school holidays they will endeavour to run on Wednesdays and Fridays, subject to sufficient staff. 









Contact us at
Friends.KWP@gmail.com
Next Friends Meeting:
Wednesday, September 5th 2018; 7 pm
Meet at The Education Centre of the Water Park                                                            
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