Access & Permits

Access is by day or year permit only, with permits and keys available as set out below.


Adult £45.00
65 + £40.00

Children (under 18)

This rate also applies for dependents up to the age of 21 on proof that they are still studying/in education

Husband & wife £74.00
Husband & wife 65+ £65.00
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £95.00

£10 deposit required for key.

Current Permit Period is 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022. Permit prices will reduce by 50% at 1st January 2022 to apply until the renewal date of 30th June 2022.  There is a record book, on site, for daily sightings.


Adult £5.00
65 + £4.50
Children (under 18) £3.50

£50 refundable deposit required for key (cash only).

Permits and keys available

Annual by post only: Packington Hall, Packington Park, Meriden, Nr Coventry CV7 7HF
T: 01676 522020. Opening hours: 9am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday.

Day Pass by collection: Somers Fishery (top of car park to Stonebridge Golf Centre),
Somers Rd (off Hampton Lane), Meriden, Nr Coventry CV7 7HF.
T: 01676 523833. Opening hours: 7am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday.

Winter opening hours (from 26th October 2014)
8am to 11am Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
If you wish to call beforehand to check please call 01676 523833.

Photographs for the Newsletters and Annual Report

Fortunately, there are a number of keen photographers among the Marsh Lane members and their results can be seen in the newsletters, the annual report and, increasingly, on the website. We are grateful to them.

Selecting the pictures for the annual report is always a tricky exercise as they need to cover the range from record shots of new or rare species through to photos of more regular species. Against this has to be balanced the requirement for a good spread of pictures through the report so that there aren’t too many blank pages. Finally, there’s of course the choice of a cover picture which has specific criteria in terms of orientation and resolution.

The newsletter has slightly different challenges: the pictures need to relate to the quarter in question so prompt submission is important. It also gets ‘first pick’ of what’s sent in, so the selection for the annual report is made from those not already published.

So, based on the experience of collating the report for the past couple of years, here are a few requests for all the current and aspiring photographers:

  • Don’t forget the ‘unloved’ species! Everyone likes to see (and take) pictures of rarities but there’s also a real need for photos of everyday birds too – those which are under-recorded tend to be under-photographed!
  • Consider the photo orientation – portrait vs landscape. The majority of photos submitted are landscape, which is generally fine, but having a good selection of portrait shots too gives more flexibility in terms of page layout.
  • Finally, for the cover, there are two specific requirements:
    • Orientation is especially important – it really needs to be in portrait.
    • Definition & sharpness are key too. The cover picture is generally larger than those in the body of the report and may need to be (further) cropped for best effect and fit. Keep the photos coming and hopefully there’ll be a great selection to choose from when it comes to putting together the 2018 newsletters and report.