Alder Coppice Local Nature Reserve comprises 10.25 hectares of ancient woodland situated between Northway and Penn Common in Dudley, and can be accessed from Northway (postcode DY3 3RL) or Swallowfields Road (DY3 3TR). Alder Coppice was granted Local Nature Reserve status by Natural England on 30 November 2019.
The 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.
For bird watchers the woodland is a great place to watch nesting woodpeckers and spot woodland birds such as tree creepers and nuthatch or listen out for calling owls in the evening. The whole wood exudes an air of peace and tranquillity and is a great place to go to de-stress and connect with nature.
There are three well maintained paths through the woodland which are colour coded red, yellow and blue. The red and yellow routes are accessible to a motor scooter.
Historically, Alder Coppice, along with near neighbour Ashen Coppice would have been traditionally managed woodlands. Timber from the oak and hazel had and still has many uses, oak would have been used for building timber frames for houses and the bark was used in the leather tanning industry, hazel would be coppiced to provide firewood and poles used to make hurdle fences and wattle and daub walls.
Alder Coppice Local Nature Reserve, Swallowfields Road entrance is DY3 3TR