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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. Walks and events are held at each nature reserve throughout the year. 

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.

A number of events and activities take place at each Nature Reserve throughout the year. Please visit the Events page for further details.

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve

Lady Dudley planted Saltwells Wood in the 18th  century to hide the scars of coal mining and this is now Saltwells Nature Reserve.

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve

Bluebells at Saltwells Wood

Dudley Sky Ride local

Join us for a free guided bike ride around our beautiful borough this summer, many of which depart from our parks and nature reserves.

Find your nearest ride and book a place.

Birmimgham and Black Country Biodiversity Action Plan

The Action Plan identifies the priorities for wildlife conservation in the area.

Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve

Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve is of international importance for its geology and is visited and studied by geologists from all over the world.

Over 400 million years ago, the area where Dudley now stands was covered by coral reefs and tropical seas providing an environment for the famous fossils we find there today. Over 700 types of fossil are known to have come from Wren's Nest. 186 of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on Earth.

Cotwall End Local Nature Reserve

Cotwall End Local Nature Reserve has a rich history and geology associated with its agricultural and industrial past. The site has some important wildlife with nationally rare flora and fauna.

Barrow Hill Local Nature Reserve

Barrow Hill Local Nature Reserve is one of the most significant and well-loved areas of green space in the Borough.

It supports our largest and most diverse area of grassland, ancient woodland, ponds with populations of Great Crested Newt and other important habitats and species. 

Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Local Nature Reserve

The area as a whole is unique, with its variety of historical features, water pools, wild flowers and birds utilising the quiet canal route.

Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Local Nature Reserve has areas of open grass, ideal for family recreation and smaller shaded and unshaded areas perfect for picnics.

Buckpool and Fens Pools Local Nature Reserve 

Buckpool and Fens Pools Nature Reserve has the largest area of open water in Dudley and the Fens Pools are important for migrating and over-wintering waterfowl, regularly attracting ducks such as Shoveler and Gadwall.

The smaller ponds north of the Pools are the habitat of huge numbers of frogs, toads and newts, including the Great Crested Newt.

Fens Pools Views