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

Our Nature Reserves

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.  It is the boroughs only national nature reserve.

This is a staffed nature reserve with Warden(s).

Buckpool, Fens Pools and Barrow Hill Nature Reserves

Buckpool, Fens Pools and Barrow Hill Nature Reserves include the largest area of open water in Dudley and the Fens Pools are a special area for conservation, 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.

This is a staffed nature reserve with Warden(s). 

Saltwells Nature Reserve

Lady Dudley planted Saltwells Wood in the 18th century to hide the scars of coal mining, this bloomed to become Saltwells Nature Reserve.

This is a staffed nature reserve with Warden(s). 

The Leasowes

The Leasowes is a historic landscape, listed as Grade I on the English Heritage list of parks and Gardens of historic interest in England.

This is a staffed nature reserve with Warden(s). 

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.

Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Local Nature Reserve

Bumble Hole and Warrens Hall Local Nature Reserve is ideal for family recreation and has large open grasslands perfect for picnics.  The area as a whole is unique, with its variety of historical features, water pools, wild flowers and birds utilising the quiet canal route.

Alder Coppice Local Nature Reserve

Alder Coppice Local Nature Reserve's woodland has a very distinctive character consisting of mature ash and oak trees with an understorey of hazel, hawthorn and holly. During spring and early summer the bluebells and woodland flowers make a wonderful display.

Events in our Nature Reserves

Walks and events are held at our nature reserves throughout the year.  Follow us on Facebook @DudleyNatureReserves or Instagram @dudley_nature_reserves for up to date information on our events.

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.  Volunteer for Dudley Countryside Services.

  • Contact Grounds Maintenance

    Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:00, Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

  • 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