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Buckpool Nature Reserve neighbours Fens Pools and is connected to the Stourbridge canal. The reserve has an appearance of a natural wooded valley with ancient oak and hazel woodland.

Facilities

  • Shaded and un-shaded grass/pathways
  • Grassland areas
  • Footshole pool
  • Stourbridge canal
  • Buckpool dingle running through remnants of ancient woodland
  • Car Parking adjoining wardens office and road side access points

Management of Buckpool

Wardens take care of the Buckpool Nature Reserve with work that includes vital management of habitats. Management projects on the nature reserve includes coppicing which manages the woodland by allowing a larger variety of vegetation species in the ground flora and therefore allow a larger diversity of animal species to utilise different layers of the habitat. Other wardens jobs include site patrols, clean up of the reserve - such as removal of trees on pathways and wildlife surveys for ecological records.

Wildlife

Birdlife

Footshole pool sustains a wide diversity of bird life such as winter migrants including goosanders- who use the pool to find breeding partners- and teals. Resident breeding birds include the little grebe and other common water fowl. Footshole is a suitable hunting ground for cormorants, herons and kingfishers. Water fowl are prominent along the Stourbridge canal running through the reserve.

Invertebrates

The diverse habitats of woodland and grasslands support a wide range of invertebrates such as dragonflies and butterflies- including the green hairstreak butterfly. Green long horn fairy moths have been observed on tall ruderal habitat of the reserve along with black headed cardinal beetles, which is a locally rare species- there are only a couple recordings of this species in the west midlands.

  • Footshole
  • Footshole 2