AboutMidway Fishponds is one of a network of urban greenspaces located within the Swadlincote district. It is approximately 2 hectares in size, half of which consists of two ponds, which are linked via a sluice gate and cascade.
The site was first developed in the late 19th century to serve an adjacent mill. Later the ponds became used as sludge lagoons, used as part of the coal production process by local open cast mines. They now form an important wetland habitat in the urban environment and a valuable local amenity for informal recreation and education.
The two major habitat types found at the Fishponds are open water and semi-natural broadleaved woodland, including an area of willow carr. In addition there are smaller areas of improved and semi-improved grassland, scrub, swamp vegetation and tall ruderal herbs. The two ponds support only minimal marginal and aquatic plant species, which enhances the recreational usage of the site, but is of limited benefit for biodiversity, particularly dragonflies and damselflies.
The ponds are now used primarily for recreational fishing and the site also offers good opportunities for informal recreation and environmental education.
Fishing available on site, picnicing.
Fishing permits available with a charge.
- Dogs accepted
- Children welcome
Map & Directions
From the Swadlincote Civic Way Roundabout take the exit signposted Derby. At the next roundabout take the first turning. Continue forwards on this road past Eureka Park on the left hand side, Midway Fishponds will be immediately on the right hand side. Street parking available nearby. Bus routes operate past the park and fishponds.
Accessible by Public Transport: Burton upon Trent station is 4 miles away.