DS1 wants to go bird watching for his birthday. We live between Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent, any recommendations? We seem to be in a dry spot for RSPB reserves which was my first thought. His birthday is in October, so perhaps half term time, or any weekend in October would be reasonable.
There is an RSPB place close to Leek where you can see pied flycatchers in nice woodland walks-they may have already migrated by end of Oct though. You could also try Blithfield Reservoir or Carsington Water over in Derbyshire has nice hides and walks and a good visitor centre