521 082 (OS Landranger 140)
The pool lies some 4 miles north-west of Leicester,
just north of the A50. Leave the A50 at the junction with the A46, and follow
the road into Groby. Turn right after about a mile, just before the fish and chip
shop. The car
park (free) is on the left after about a quarter of a mile, then walk c200
yards to the pool. Please note that the car park is locked at 4.30pm
between October and March, and at 8pm at other times of year. Break-ins can
be a problem at this site, so do not leave valuables on show. There is access
to the eastern side of the pool, and a footpath runs around the northern side.
This is one of the most reliable sites in the county for Mandarin, although they have recently become more and more elusive and erratic. Up to 26 have
been recorded, but they are not always visible. They invariably prefer the areas of the pool with overhanging vegetation, specifically (and in order of preference) the north-west corner, the trees to the south of the house, and the island. Early mornings and late afternoons/evenings are the best time to see them. Small numbers of other ducks
are usually present, and a drake Red-crested Pochard has been semi-resident since
1997. Occasional Goosander and Smew are recorded in the winter. There is a small
heronry on the island.