Rough Wood Wedge, Bloxwich
The land between Lichfield Road and Willenhall Lane, is composed of extensive areas of tough grassland, scrub woodland and pools of considerable value for nature conservation. Although some of the grassland has been intensively mown and lost much of its conservation interest the pools and wet hollows are of particular importance supporting quite a rich diversity of marginal, emergent and aquatic plants as well as a variety of invertebrates and amphibia. Some of the more unusual plants found in this section include marsh arrow grass, bul-rush, great burnet, and common centaury. The area south of Willenhall Lane includes a small portion of acidic grassland/ heathland where such species as heather, bell heather, mat-grass and purple moor-grass have been recorded.
Rough Wood was part of the Cannock Forest. It can now be described as woodland, scrub grassland and pools which support a wide range of plants and its antiquity, size and habitat diversity makes the area of very considerable value for nature conservation. It is one of the few sites in the West Midlands where wood horsetail grows.
The site as a whole is an important wildlife corridor and was previously classed as a "stepping stone" area by the West Midlands County Council Nature Conservation Strategy.
Management of Rough Wood is currently being carried out by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and their management guidelines should continue to be followed.
The grassland in the remainder of the site would benefit from a less intense mowing regime; this is particularly true of areas around the pools. Grazing should also be controlled. One or two of the pools are becoming over dominated by reed sweet-grass, which should be cut.
Some of the hawthorn scrub is over mature and needs tending to. Small areas could be periodically cut to diversify the age range.
This page was last updated on 04 August 2016