Barrow Hill 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.
In July 2005, Barrow Hill was declared a Local Nature Reserve to preserve wildlife and geology of a special interest and to allow people to come into contact with and study nature.
Management of Barrow Hill
The area is linked to both the Fens Pools area and the Staffordshire countryside via the Pensnett Railway Walk. As a local nature reserve, Barrow Hill’s future is more certain. In managing it, the challenge is to ensure that the wilderness quality that makes it such an attractive site is retained, whilst at the same time, there is proper provision for access for all people to this very pleasant green space. One such agricultural technique that we use is hedge laying, a process that rejuvenates hedge growth and in turn improves wildlife diversity. Visitors can see long sections of hedge in different stages of growth throughout Barrow Hill.
The Dudley Volcano
Next to St Marks Church, Vicarage Lane, Pensnett, Dudley, West Midlands, DY5 4JH.
The nature reserve is located just off the A4101 High Street, next to Russells Hall Hospital. The nearest motorway connection is junction 2 of the M5, which is a 20 minute drive away.
Parking on Vicarage Lane.
The nearest rail stations to Russells Hall Hospital are: Stourbridge Town, Dudley Port and Sandwell & Dudley.
The Barrow Hill Wardens, The Wardens Base, Dell Stadium, Junction of Bryce Road and Pensnett Road, Pensnett, Brierley Hill, Dudley, DY5 4NE.
Telephone: 01384 812780