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Cole End Park

Good for locals to enjoy wildlife within a public park

Cole End nature reserve is within the larger Cole End Park, to the south of the River Cole which runs through the park. It was declared a Local Nature Reserve in 2013 after its development through the Access to Nature scheme run by Natural England with Big Lottery funding. 

The site is comprised of a mosaic of semi-natural and modified habitats split by an aquaduct which crosses north-south through the site. The area to the east of the aquaduct is mainly amenity grassland with scattered trees. There are areas of mature and semi-mature plantation woodland and a margin of tall herb vegetation which marking the south-eastern boundary.

To the west of the aquaduct there's a mixture of plantation and wet woodland with a wide woodland ride through it. The southern bank of the River Cole within the park is open with mown paths. There's plenty of invasive Himalayan Balsam here, which our reserves team and volunteers work to control and remove. 


What is there to do here?

  • Follow the tree trail with leaf rubbing posts and installing interpretation panels.
  • Have a picnic on the grass
  • Enjoy views over the River Anker

Look out for the interpretation panel which shows you the tree trail to follow and bring some paper and crayons for the leaf-shaped brass rubbings. 

Nearby nature reserves

Whitacre Heath
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Park Hall
3 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country
Kingsbury Meadow
4 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Lichfield Road
B46 1BQ
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Best time to visit
Apr - Jun
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2.40 hectares
Local Nature Reserve (LNR)

Accessibility is good for some parts of the reserve - the path from Old Mill Lane down to the River Cole is easily accessible. However access to the bridge is via steps and the path to the amenity grassland is weather dependent.
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476302912 from reserve pages