Dudley is fortunate in that it can boast a diverse natural environment within the built up area and also a rich urban and built heritage which provides a strong link with the past and important contributions to townscape and sense of place. The Unitary Development Plan (land use plan) provides a framework of policies to protect and enhance Dudley's natural environment and heritage.
The borough's countryside is highly accessible and provides a valuable resource for recreation and conservation. The Council works closely with many agencies such as English Nature and Urban Wildlife Trust to designate and managing nature reserves.
The Council encourages local communities to share responsibility for the care and management of local wildlife e.g. through Wildlife Watch (rare species in Dudley). There are many local voluntary groups which contribute to looking after wildlife sites, and working on conservation schemes. They also organise activities which publicise and promote wildlife and conservation of the built and natural environment.
Management of the historical environment is important in terms of local identity. English Heritage gives specialist advice about conservation matters, particularly listed buildings and archaeological sites. The council manages major heritage projects such as Himley Hall, Leasowes Park and the Glass Quarter. The borough's rich geological heritage is also an important educational resource e.g. Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve.
The Council aims to:
Have you thought of creating a Wildlife Nature Reserve in your garden eg. by digging a pond, providing bird tables, using alternatives to peat and pesticides etc.
Who is involved in managing nearby open areas to your home or place of work? Could you become involved?