Tame Valley Wetlands

Heron in the Tame Valley by Darin Smith

The underlying geology of the Tame Valley has shaped the development of the landscape we see today, primarily through man’s exploitation of the rich mineral resources including coal, clay, sand and gravel.

These materials have shaped the buildings within the valley and the jobs of many of its inhabitants, as well as the many transport links across the valley, including road, canal and rail. Extraction of these mineral resources has left derelict land and large extraction pits, but many of these pits filled with water and have become nationally important wetland sites for birds and other wildlife.

All of this has resulted in a fragmented and degraded landscape, yet one rich in history. These problems are exacerbated for wildlife with the threat of climate change and invasive non-native species. Wildlife needs a connected landscape in order to move freely through the landscape.

The Tame Valley Wetlands Partnership was set up in 2005 with the vision of creating a wetland landscape rich in wildlife and accessible to all. The Partnership  is now delivering the Tame Valley Wetlands Landscape Partnership Scheme.

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