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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.  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

  • Green Care, Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8JW

    Telephone 0300 555 2345

    Monday to Friday 08:30 - 17:00

    Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

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

  • The Leasowes is a historic landscape, listed as Grade 1 on the English Heritage list of parks and Gardens of historic interest in England.

  • 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 has areas of open grass, ideal for family recreation and smaller shaded and unshaded areas 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.