Gorse Neil Aldrige

Neil Aldrige / Wildnet

An oasis for wildlife in a heavily developed area

Location

On the boundary between Birmingham and Solihull, situated on Priory Road, close to the junction with High Street
Solihull
Warwickshire
B90 1BE

OS Map Reference

SP 101 791
A static map of Priory Fields

Know before you go

Size
5 hectares

Parking information

Parking on verge on Priory Road

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Flat, informal paths, muddy in winter

Access

There are no defined paths around the reserve but the area is relatively flat. 

Dogs

Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to July

About the reserve

What's it like to visit?

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 which are now rare habitats in Warwickshire.

What might you spot?

Heather, broom, dwarf gorse and heath rush occupy one of the four fields, with carnation sedge, marsh-marigold and lesser spearwort growing along the stream’s damp margins.    Hawthorn and blackthorn help attract over 60 species of birds throughout the year. with tall trees including oaks, silver birch, rowan and exotic red oak. 

Contact us

Karl Curtis
Contact number: 024 7630 2912
Contact email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk

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