Clowes Wood Blue Sky

Amy Rafferty 

Clowes Wood and New Fallings Coppice

An ancient woodland with a mix of trees, shrubs, ditches, streams, pond, a small meadow and a precious remnant of heathland.

Location

5 miles south of Solihull, access point on Wood Lane.
Solihull
B94 5JP

OS Map Reference

SP 101 743
A static map of Clowes Wood and New Fallings Coppice

Know before you go

Size
45 hectares

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Gentle, sloping excessive path network, some areas prone to becoming muddy, narrow bridges and steps.

Access

Paths around the area are mostly accessible to all however some paths can become muddy in poor weather.

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

Clowes Wood is a piece of history as it was the first reserve owned by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, acquired thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor in 1974.  Clowes Wood has probably been wooded since the last ice age, though it was almost cleared of trees in the early 1900s. It is cut through by the Birmingham to Stratford railway and habitats found here today include heathland, woodland, and wet meadow.  

What's it like to visit? 

Wildflowers to be seen here include bluebell, lily of the valley, cow-wheat and bilberry. Fifty species of bird breed here, such as jay, chiff chaff, nuthatch and treecreeper, and also woodcock and all three woodpeckers. Badgers live in this woodland and red fox, muntjac and brown hare are all regular visitors to this reserve.  

What is there to do here?

  • Find the burnt stone pile dating back to the Bronze Age!
  • Snap a shot of the spring bluebells
  • Listen out for the distinctive call of the chiff chaff
  • Find funky fungi      

Contact us

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

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map