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Wild About Tamworth

butterflyThis project between Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Tamworth Borough Council aims to improve our wild spaces. Sites are designated as Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) and community conservation groups are set up to manage the sites.

Take a look at the Trust's leaflet on our wild spaces and please check back later in the year for a new What's On guide to find out more about what is happening on each site, including task days, events, walks and talks.

Tamworth currently has 14 wildlife sites of which 7 are designated Local Nature Reserves (LNRs). All offer beautiful country walks and are managed by community conservation groups.

The eight main wildlife sites are:

  • Broad Meadow - This 25-hectares LNR is situated on the island between the two channels of the River Tame, off Lichfield Road near to the Moor Street traffic island. It is recognised as a site of biological importance, as it is a prime example of lowland meadow – a floodplain grassland habitat which is becoming increasingly rare in Staffordshire and across the UK. Broad Meadow is also one of only two sites in the county where the rare Snake’s Head Fritillary can be found growing wild. More details can be found here: www.tamworth.gov.uk/broad-meadow
  • Dosthill Park – A popular 12-hectare park featuring a children’s play area, walk-ways and a new ‘Wind in the Willows’ sculpture trail. Since becoming an LNR in 2010, volunteers work hard to manage and improve large areas of valuable wildlife habitat within the park, including woodland, grassland, a network of ditches and watercourses, and a stretch of habitat along the River Tame. Work has also been ongoing to build a boardwalk through the wet woodland area so visitors can access the site without getting their shoes or boots muddy. Dosthill Park Wildlife Group meets on the first Sunday of each month.
  • Hodge Lane – The 4.55 hectare LNR is accessed from Chandler’s Drive, Amington. It is a great place to explore a range of wildlife pathways, grassland areas, canal tow path and perfect picnic locations. Local volunteers meet on the last Sunday in the month to carry out management work. Hodge Lane leaflet (pdf)
  • Kettle Brook – This LNR stretches from Glascote to Wilnecote and runs through Belgrave. There are various access points to the reserve including Lakeside from Jowett, off Leyland Road, Fossdale Road and at Belgrave by the dance studio on Bird’s Bush Road. This site has so much to offer and is managed by Wildlife Conservation Groups and Friends of Belgrave and Stonydelph Lakes. There are two groups which meet here - Friends of the Lakes (Belgrave and Stonydelph) who meet on the first Sunday of the month and the Wilnecote Wildlife Conservation Group who meet on the last Saturday. Kettlebrook leaflet (pdf)
  • Tameside – Formed as an LNR in March 2006 with a man-made lake, Tameside is located on the Fazeley Road between Tamworth and Fazeley. The lake has four small islands that provide valuable meeting sites for bird life. Tameside Wildlife Conservation Group manages Tameside Nature Reserv and meets on the second Sunday of every month. Tameside Wildlife leaflet (pdf)
  • Town Wall – Located off the Hockley Road, Wilnecote and adjacent to a small playing field, this LNR is a great place for all the family to enjoy. There are a range of paths, trees and areas with piles of branches and deadwood to encourage children to build dens and play. The meadow and grassland area provide a lovely picnic area, surrounded by flowers and wildlife. Town Wall Conservation Group carries out conservation tasks on the site on the second Sunday of the month. Town Wall leaflet (pdf)
  • Warwickshire Moor – Situated off Moor Lane, Bolehall, this LNR developed through funding from the Central Rivers Initiative in 2006, has a series of pools, pathways, a boardwalk and bird boxes that families have built across the site; making this a brilliant place to see wildflowers and habitants including water dock, common reed and small mammals. The Friends of Warwickshire Moor, residents meet on the third Sunday of every month. Warwickshire Moor leaflet (pdf)
  • Wigginton Park – Home of Tamworth Rugby Club, this large park of more than 20 hectares, is also host to a Tree Trail, wildflower meadow, a community orchard, children’s play area and offers a variety of activities such as bat walks and bird survey’s. A popular place for families, walkers and sporting activities. The Friends of Wiggington Park meet on the second Sunday of most months. The project also gives schools and groups the opportunity to go on educational visits. The Wild About Tamworth Project Officer can take classes to the reserves and carry out environmental activities. There is also a Wigginton Park Tree Trail that you can follow around the park.

 

Walk on the Wildside LeafletEnjoying and caring for green spaces with your dog

For more information about the project please contact the Wild About Tamworth Project Officer: Mobile: 07970 067711 Email: tamworth@staffs-wildlife.org.uk