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Clowes Wood and New Fallings Coppice

An ancient woodland with a mix of trees, shrubs, ditches, streams, pond, a small meadow and a precious remnant of heathland.

Clowes Wood is a piece of history as it was the first reserve owned by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, acquired thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor in 1974.


Clowes Wood has probably wooded since the last ice age, though it was almost cleared of trees in the early 1900sIt is cut through by the Birmingham to Stratford railway and habitats found here today include heathland, woodland, and wet meadow.


What's it like to visit? 

Wildflowers to be seen here include bluebell, lily of the valley, cow-wheat and bilberry. Fifty species of bird breed here, such as jay, chiff chaff, nuthatch and treecreeper, and also woodcock and all three woodpeckers. Badgers live in this woodland and red fox, muntjac and brown hare are all regular visitors to this reserve.

What to see during autumn and winter?

Keep an eye open for a wide range of interesting fungi including scarlet elfcup, fly agaric (right), red-cracking bolete and shaggy scalycap that thrive in this diverse woodland. You may even be lucky to spot some strange looking slime moulds.

October is a great time to visit for autumn colour as the leaves of the beech trees turn a rich golden brown colour. 


What is there to do here?


Railway line safety

Please be aware there is a railway line through the reserve. To cross please use the bridge. There is no public right of way across the railway line other than over the bridge. 



Nearby nature reserves

Lion Wood
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Lion Wood
2 miles - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Priory Fields
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

5 miles south of Solihull, access point on Wood Lane.
B94 5JP
Map reference
SP 101 743
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44.50 hectares

Paths around the area are mostly accessible to all however some paths can become muddy in poor weather.
Walking information
Gentle, sloping excessive path network, some areas prone to becoming muddy, narrow bridges and steps.
Dogs must be on lead
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Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages