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Saltwells Local Nature Reserve

#8 of 26 things to do in Dudley Features Animals
Saltwells Lane | off Coppice Lane, Quarry Bank, Dudley DY5 1AX, England
+44 1384 812795
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A Place for Everyone

What a lovely place - nature and peace so near to the hustle and bustle of Dudley and Merry Hill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Justallwoman
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Stourbridge
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Saltwells Nature Reserve

A terrific oasis of nature within earshot of the Merry Hill Centre. Extensive paths through... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Reynard999
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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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.
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Saltwells Lane | off Coppice Lane, Quarry Bank, Dudley DY5 1AX, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely place - nature and peace so near to the hustle and bustle of Dudley and Merry Hill - who'd of thought that in the middle of here would be a place like this. It runs for a long way so there are...More

Thank Justallwoman
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

A terrific oasis of nature within earshot of the Merry Hill Centre. Extensive paths through peaceful woodland. Visit in spring to see the displays of Bluebells (Saltwells is referred to as Bluebell Wood). Good range of wildlife and different environments on the site. The quarry...More

Thank Reynard999
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Saltwells LNR has varied habitats a great place for anyone to visit. free to go round and you can take our dog

Thank ajl1967
Reviewed 8 May 2017

My husband & I have recently taken up walking to get fit. After growing up in the area I was shocked that I hadn't been before, we were both pleasantly surprised that not only was there free parking that there was 3 walks to choose,...More

Thank Becky R
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I went specifically to see the bluebells yesterday. Gorgeous colour, what I did not expect was the wonderful scent I experienced from the bluebells. The wood is managed well and is full of bird song. A lovely morning stroll, well worth a visit

Thank GEORGIA W
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Free Parking and lovely setting... What more could you ask for! The Sculpture Trail was great to keep the kids entertained as they hunted down the next fun object.

Thank juliemY1058LL
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

A nice woodland walk great views you can get list in there all day every time I vista's I see something new

Thank James B
Reviewed 25 December 2016

lovely trails to follow, lots of hidden detail for the kids to get excited about like all the sculptures and statues, the little stream, wigwams that have been built, also there are activites hosted here such as bat walks, treasure hunts, pond dipping (amazing experience!...More

Thank Stacie D
Reviewed 10 December 2016

After recently joining a local Walking Group I was most pleasantly surprised when we recently spent 2 hours ambling around the above nature reserve. Its in the middle of a completely built up area but the trails and walks on offer when you get there...More

Thank Roy L
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a great place for walking through trees and all sorts of flora and fauna of this region, playing games losing your friends and finding them again

Thank dodihorrex3
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simon w
14 April 2017|
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Response from Stacie D | Reviewed this property |
You where definitely in the wrong part, they are currently building the new houses, which can be seen through the line of trees only very close by, at the top of the car park you used, there's a little gate entrance with a... More
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mritim
22 October 2016|
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Response from Les D | Reviewed this property |
Yes The trees are changing colour nicely.
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sarahN25TI
14 May 2015|
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Response from Alan P | Property representative |
Hi Sarah, Saltwells is well served by the bus network. As Saltwells Nature Reserve is so large which bus is best for you depends on not only where you are coming from but also which parts of the nature reserve you want to... More
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