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Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve

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.

Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve is a classic geological site of exceptional importance.

It is one of the most notable geological locations in the British Isles and visited and studied by geologists from all over the world.

  • Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve, Wren’s Hill Road, Dudley, DY1 3SB

  • The Nature Reserve is open 24 hours

  • The NNR car park is located on Wrens Hill Road. The car park is open between 09.30 - 16.00, Monday to Friday

    There is one car parking space designated for blue badge holders at the NNR Car Park

    Unfortunately, there are no visitor facilities (visitor centre, toilets etc)

  • The Wardens, Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8JW

    Telephone 01384 812785

    General Contact Form

Fossils and Geology

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.

Find out more about Wren's Nest Fossils.

Group and School Visits

Groups are welcome to visit the site throughout the year. Visit the Learning page to find out more about wardens talks and tours and group booking forms. 

Geology Matters

Geology Matters is a searchable website which allows users to find information about fossil, mineral and rock specimens held by the museums services within the Black Country and other related material held by the Black Country archive services.

Visitor Information and Facilities

Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve is open 24 hours.

The NNR car park is located on Wrens Hill Road and is open from 9.30 am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

For further information on how to get to Wren's Nest and what facilities are available, visit the Visitor Information page

Come and 'Hunt the Dudley Bug' 

 Join one of the wardens on a guided walk around the Nature Reserve for a 'Hunt the Dudley Bug' walk. Learn how Dudley used to be under a tropical sea, find your own fossils to take home, and maybe you will find your very own Dudley Bug.

Ripples through Time

Wren's Nest has been fortunate to receive Heritage Lottery and Natural England funding for improvements around the National Nature Reserve.

The new works were officially opened on 27th September 2011, the nature reserves 55th Anniversary. To find out more about the project, visit the project pages.