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Countryside in Dudley

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Dudley has a very wide diversity of natural green space within its boundaries. Many of these sites are the legacy the borough’s industrial past and the most important nature conservation sites in the Borough have received national or even international designations for their importance.

Other sites have been recognised for the local contribution that they make to biodiversity and people’s enjoyment and use of the Countryside. The borough contains one Special Area for Conservation, (Fens Pools), one National Nature Reserve (Wrens Nest) seven Local Nature Reserves (Barrow Hill, Buckpool & Fens Pools, Bumble Hole, Cotwall End Valley, Saltwells and an additional part of Wrens Nest), and one Grade 1 listed landscape (The Leasowes).

All of these sites are much used and loved by the communities living nearby and indeed by people from further afield.

Countryside events

Walks and events are held at each nature reserve throughout the year. Visit the events page to find out more.

Nature reserves

Dudley borough boasts a number of local nature reserves and one national nature reserve showcasing the areas rich flora, fauna, geology and heritage.

The Leasowes

Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve

Buckpool, Fens Pools and Barrow Hill Local Nature Reserves

Cotwall End Local Nature Reserve

Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Local Nature Reserve

All nature reserves have free public access seven days a week. Some car parks may be closed outside of normal working hours.

Please enquire with the warden team before travelling if you require further information or special assistance.

Discover Dudley

If you’re looking for a great day out, a weekend break, some family fun or simply want to get out and explore the great outdoors, come and Discover Dudley.

Countryside volunteers

Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience, allowing you to develop existing and new skills and interests, to meet new friends, have great fun and, above all, to contribute to the conservation of some of Dudley’s most valuable assets.

The opportunities to volunteer for Dudley Countryside Services are many and varied.