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“Lost in the city this is a gem”

Saltwells Local Nature Reserve
Ranked #8 of 24 things to do in Dudley
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Bembridge, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Lost in the city this is a gem”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

Excellent walk around this quarry is a precious window back into the past and you may even get to spot the Dudley Bug

Visited June 2014
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English first
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

If u love the nature then this is beautiful place to visit. These days we can heard birds singing somewhere in trees.suny day the shadow was very relaxable. It's giving us peace. Something related to our eyes and grass and trees . I love it.

Visited June 2014
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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331 reviews
110 attraction reviews
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“space for everyone”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

the twists & turns in paths & access points give this area a feeling of freedom. Once walking in the woods it is hard to realise you are so close to houses & the dreaded merry hill. You can choose the length & style of your walk & dogs love it

Visited May 2014
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49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Historic and beautiful”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

This includes mines, woods and sculptures. Free car park and a pub right by the car park. The bluebells are amazing and it stretches a lot further than most people realise. Very well worth numerous visits.

Visited May 2014
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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Lovely walk in a hidden gem”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

This place is hidden behind a couple of factories from the main road. The paths are all well laid out and well kept. The sculptures are a real surprise and bring the Cradley chains to life. A lovely way to pass a couple of hours.

Visited April 2014
Thank Kate G
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