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Priory Fields

An oasis for wildlife in a heavily developed area

Comprising of four fields, this peaceful oasis is bisected by Mill Stream, which feeds the large mill pool sitting adjacent to the reserve. 


Predominantly moss and swampland in 972AD, the site gave rise to heath and pasture by 1495, and eventually became Yardley Wood Common until 1847. 


Changing little since, the site still offers remnants of heathland and acidic grassland, now rare habitats in Warwickshire. Heather, broom, dwarf gorse and heath rush occupy one of the four fields, with carnation sedge, marsh-marigold and lesser spearwort present along the stream’s damp margins. 


Hawthorn and blackthorn produce valuable scrub, attracting over 60 species of birds throughout the year; with oaks, silver birch, rowan and exotic red oak adding height.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Heathland
Slow-worm, Marsh-marigold, Heather, Lesser Spearwort, Bramble

Nearby nature reserves

Moseley Bog & Joy's Wood
2 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country
Clowes Wood and New Fallings Coppice
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, Solihull
4 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

On the boundary between Birmingham and Solihull, situated on Priory Road, close to the junction with High Street
B90 1BE
Map reference
SP 101 791
Best time to visit
Apr - Jul
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Opening Times
Open at all times
5.40 hectares

There are no defined paths around the reserve but the area is relatively flat.
Walking information
Flat, informal paths, muddy in winter
Parking on verge on Priory Road
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages