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Temple Balsall

A damp woodland with various woodland flora

Diverse in wildlife, this pleasant wet woodland is divided by Cuttle Brook as it makes its way to join the River Blythe.


The marshy ground here results from the past existence of an artificial lake that occupied this site before its destruction during the late 1940s. Common reed and sedges occupy the wetter areas, and there is also a stand of butterbur which produces impressive umbrella-sized leaves in summer. 


Although many plants such as bamboo and rhododendron are introductions, the reserve is rich in native flowers and gives a fine show of snowdrops and ramsons in the spring. Scarcer species include large bittercress and opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage.

Nearby nature reserves

Cuttle Pool
0 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Brook Meadow
2 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, Solihull
3 miles - Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

2.5km west of Balsall Common, situated in the village of Temple Balsall
Temple Balsall
B93 0AJ
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Best time to visit
Feb - Feb
Apr - Jul
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Open at all times
2.70 hectares
Members Only

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Walking information
Flat, path can get muddy.
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Karl Curtis
Tel: 02476 302912 from reserve pages