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.