The West Midlands, especially around Birmingham, has a reputation of being a built-up, urbanised sprawl – but there are some rather idyllic parts here too.
One such peaceful haven is Sandwell Valley Nature Reserve. I was lucky enough to visit here one sunny October day and here are some of the beautiful views I saw…
As well as the beautiful scenery, wildlife we spotted today (mostly at the hide overlooking the lake) included heron, swans, coots, cormorants, lapwings and gulls.
My godchildren especially enjoyed the mud kitchen, making mudpies (yum, delicious!), the bat trail and a nearby children’s playground.
Even where there are large cities – this site is close to Birmingham after all – there is always natural beauty nearby.
Facts of the Day
1. RSPB Sandwell Valley was once used by the nearby colliery.
2. There are a variety of habitats including wildflower meadows, woodland, scrub, wildlife garden, ponds and lake.
3. The site is based around Forge Mill Lake and is part of Sandwell Valley Country Park.
4. The address is: RSPB Sandwell Valley, Tanhouse Ave, Great Barr, West Bromwich, Birmingham B43 5AG.
5. For more information on the RSPB, visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/