Tamworth has 14 wildlife sites within the borough, seven of which are designated as Local Nature Reserves (LNRs).
Wild about Tamworth is a project between Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Tamworth Borough Council which aims to improve our wild spaces. Sites are designated as Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) and community conservation groups are set up to manage the sites. If you would like to get involved or find out more about the groups and when they meet, please contact the Wild About Tamworth Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's leaflet which shows all the sites. Individual site information is available via the links below:
Broad Meadow (LNR)
This 25-hectares LNR is situated on the island between the two channels of the River Tame, off Lichfield Road near to the Moor Street traffic island. It was recognised as a Site of Biological Importance, as it is a prime example of lowland meadow – a floodplain grassland habitat which is becoming increasingly rare in Staffordshire and across the UK. Broad Meadow is also one of only two sites in the county where the rare Snake’s Head Fritillary can be found growing wild. It was approved for designation as a Local Nature Reserve by Natural England in 2015. The status allows Broad Meadow to be protected as a conservation area for future generations, as well as creating more opportunity for grant money to be made available for conservation works.
Broad Meadow is run and managed under the Wild About Tamworth project, which aims to make the site more accessible to people by opening it up and more valuable to wildlife by allowing the fritillaries to spread. Broad Meadow leaflet
Dosthill Park (LNR)
A popular 12-hectare park featuring a children’s play area, walk-ways and a new ‘Wind in the Willows’ sculpture trail. Since becoming an LNR in 2010, volunteers work hard to manage and improve large areas of valuable wildlife habitat within the park, including woodland, grassland, a network of ditches and watercourses, and a stretch of habitat along the River Tame. Work has also been ongoing to build a boardwalk through the wet woodland area so visitors can access the site without getting their shoes or boots muddy.
Hodge Lane (LNR)
The 4.55 hectare LNR is accessed from Chandler’s Drive, Amington. It is a great place to explore a range of wildlife pathways, grassland areas, canal tow path and perfect picnic locations. Hodge Lane leaflet
This LNR stretches from Glascote to Wilnecote and runs through Belgrave. There are various access points to the reserve including Lakeside from Jowett, off Leyland Road, Fossdale Road and at Belgrave by the dance studio on Bird’s Bush Road. This site has so much to offer and is managed by Wildlife Conservation Groups and Friends of Belgrave and Stonydelph Lakes. Kettlebrook leaflet
Formed as an LNR in March 2006 with a man-made lake, Tameside is located on the Fazeley Road between Tamworth and Fazeley. The lake has four small islands that provide valuable meeting sites for bird life. Tameside leaflet
Town Wall (LNR)
Located off the Hockley Road, Wilnecote and adjacent to a small playing field, this LNR is a great place for all the family to enjoy. There are a range of paths, trees and areas with piles of branches and deadwood to encourage children to build dens and play. The meadow and grassland area provide a lovely picnic area, surrounded by flowers and wildlife. Town Wall leaflet
Warwickshire Moor (LNR)
Situated off Moor Lane, Bolehall, this LNR developed through funding from the Central Rivers Initiative in 2006, has a series of pools, pathways, a boardwalk and bird boxes that families have built across the site; making this a brilliant place to see wildflowers and habitants including water dock, common reed and small mammals. Warwickshire Moor leaflet
Home of Tamworth Rugby Club, this large park of more than 20 hectares, is also host to a Tree Trail, wildflower meadow, a community orchard, children’s play area and offers a variety of activities such as bat walks and bird survey’s. A popular place for families, walkers and sporting activities.
You might also like:
- Tamworth Castle Grounds
- Tamworth Cycling Map
- Circular Walks around the Tamworth Valley Wetlands - www.tamevalleywetlands.co.uk/circular-walks
- Walk on the Wildside Leaflet - Enjoying and caring for green spaces with your dog.
Here are some great self-led walks brought to you by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust:
- Self-led Where am I Walk - Broad Meadow
- Self-led Toddler Trek - Warwickshire Moor
- Self-led Wild Families Walk - Town Wall
- Self-led Wind In The Willows Walks around Dosthill Park
- Self-led Wild Families Walk - Dosthill Park
- Pirate Scavenger Hunt - downloadable treasure hunting sheet - Not site specific.
- Dragonfly Self-Led Toddler Trek Warwickshire Moor. Downloadable Nature Spotting Sheet.