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“Nature hidden away”

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve
Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Dudley
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Owner description: Saltwells Local Nature Reserve is one of the UK's largest urban nature reserves, covering 247 acres. Lady Dudley planted Saltwells Wood in the eighteenth century to hide the scars of coal mining. The descendants of the Oak and Beech still survive and are home to many species of woodland bird, such as Treecreeper, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Wild Garlic and Anemones are found in the wood together with carpets of Bluebells. Within the wood is Doulton's Claypit with spectacular cliffs showing a section through the rocks of the Middle and Lower Coal Measures. Abandoned in the 1940's, the claypit has been reclaimed by nature and now has unusual plants including hundreds of Common Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids. South of the wood, around the chainmakers' hamlet of Mushroom Green, is an area of scrubland and meadow, plus a large reedswamp which provides a safe refuge for winter birds like Water Rail, Snipe and Teal. North of the woodland is the gorse covered Netherton Hill, opencast for coal until the 1960s, but now home to Linnets and Reed Buntings. Further north still is an area of restored coal mining known as Cinder Bank. Sixteen species of dragonfly are found here on the Daphne Pool, making this one of the best sites for these insects in the West Midlands. Recently presented with a Centre of Excellence award by the Forestry Authority for woodland management, Saltwells has long been a model urban reserve for Europe under UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere project.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Great place to walk get away form the bustle of the day any time of the year. Every time we go we see huge changes. Hunt for the hidden iron sculptures dotted around.

Thank nanniesuebirmingham
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

pleasant little wooded walk,it can be as strenuous as you like with steps and little trails going off the main path.great all year round it can be quite busy at the weekends with lots of dog walkers,the old doulton clay works ,are now a nature reserve and if you can make the very steed decline down to it ,it is a nice little ramble,with a couple of little pools.when you are all walked out the saltwells pub is on site ,with a nice little childrens play area outside.A lovely place for a leisurely sunday morning.

Thank scampiknitting
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Ok little walks just watch out for dog poo , it depends on ability of walking car park ok but by a good pub with fantastic food and service

1  Thank Kerry C
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

i live right by here and theres acres of wildlife, plants and nature to see if your in to that sort of thing. Really beautiful in the summer

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Reviewed February 13, 2013

Since the appointment of the new warden the improvements to pathways, rubbish clearance , forestry tidying, bird and bat box placements has given the reserve a new lease of life.
With the archaeological interests, flora and fauna,presently snowdrops in abundance, the many walks around the 250 acre site are begging to be looked at. From the vista at Netherton Church to the reed beds at Mushroom Green you have a wide and variety choice of wildlife.
We're going again Friday 15th to walk from Saltwells car park (by Satwells Pub) along the canal via Netherton Park to Bumble Hole and back, starting at 10.00am
Must remember to take food for the coots, moorhens, ducks and geese.

1  Thank Fermentingtom
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