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Buckpool, Fens Pools and Barrow Hill Nature Reserves

Willows, marshland and fragments of ancient woodland support diverse wildlife in Buckpool Dingle, which is a good place to see Kingfishers.

Flowering Rush and Arrowhead are plentiful in the Stourbridge Canal, which runs alongside, linking Buckpool to the Staffordshire countryside and the Fens Pools.


As the largest area of open water in Dudley, the Fens Pools are important for migrating and over-wintering waterfowl, regularly attracting ducks such as Shoveler and Gadwall. Rare winter visitors include Bittern and Red-necked Grebe, whilst breeding birds on the Pools include Mute Swan and Great Crested Grebe.

The smaller ponds north of the Pools are the habitat of huge numbers of frogs, toads and newts, including the Great Crested Newt which has sadly declined in numbers in Britain in recent years.

Great Crested Newt

Fens Pools has one of the largest populations of Great Crested Newt in the U.K. and because of this is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Around the Pools and the ponds is a mosaic of scrub, grassland and pioneer vegetation, all natural colonisers of the abandoned waste of the area's coal and iron industries. From this unlikely background a habitat of great richness has developed, which includes many unusual plants. Many of these such as Ploughman's Spikenard, Blue Fleabane and Musk Thistle are tolerant of the lime found in the blast furnace waste.

Fens Pool wardens base

The facilities at Fens Pools include a warden's base. There are no specific opening times for public access and therefore people, or groups is by appointment only. 

Please note that there are no toilet facilities available.

Dudley countryside service has three wardens based at Fens Pools, Buckpool and Barrow Hill LNR. The wardens work to maintain the reserve, support use and enjoyment of the site by the general public. This is done by leading and supporting events, educational visits and volunteer activities as well as responding to general queries and requests for information. They also liaise with outside bodies such as Natural England and monitor the overall well-being of the reserve by carrying out wildlife surveys and site patrols.

Senior warden         Mark Williams

Warden                   Terry Speake

Assistant warden     Steve Beards

The wardens can be reached on 01384 812780 or via e-mail on FensPools.Country@dudley.gov.uk

photo of snowy fens
Semmer at Fens

Contact Details

  • Name Buckpool and Fens Pools Nature Reserve
  • Address off Pensnett Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY5 4NE
  • Telephone 01384 812780