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wildflower walk

Wildlife on your doorstep

Wherever you are in Walsall you’re never far from a countryside site or green open space.  We have a staggering 30 countryside sites in Walsall, including 11 Local Nature Reserves, Green Flag Sites and a brand new Country Park, which includes the former Grange Golf Course at the Arboretum Extension.

peregrine falcon

Walsall Countryside Services are always busy managing and monitoring our countryside, recording wildlife, and running events including walks and talks on subjects from history to urban wildlife and even astronomy!  We also support an active network of 'Friends of...' groups and work with local conservation organisations from the Wildlife Trust and RSPB to local Naturalists and Biological Recorders.

carder bee  

We also have two active groups of volunteers:  The Walsall Conservation Volunteers, who do practical conservation work & habitat management, and the Black Country and Staffordshire Naturalists, who undertake various wildlife surveys around Walsall.

Our rangers run a series of basketry and traditional craft courses, in which you can learn traditional green wood crafts, basket making and more.  We also run Forest School sessions, and teach courses for Forest School Level 1 and Level 2 practitioners.

basket making course

Take a look through the links to your right, where you'll find all you need to know about our Countryside sites and Local Nature Reserves, including how to get there, what to do, and what events we've got planned.  If you would like to get involved with any of our volunteer groups or would like to come along to an event, we'd love to hear from you.

Contact us

Countryside Services are now based at the Environmental Depot in Brownhills, so our phone numbers have changed.  Here are our staff and their new contact details:

Kevin Clements, Interim Joint Head of Greenspaces

Contact for: Strategic enquiries, greenspaces policy & practice
clementsk@walsall.gov.uk
01922 65 4257
@CountrysideKev

Morgan Bowers, Senior Countryside Ranger

Contact for:  Fibbersley, Rough Wood Chase, Moorcroft Wood, Merrions Wood, Protected species (Bats, Newts) and Wildlife Survey Volunteering, Basketry
bowersm@walsall.gov.uk
01922 65 4220
@WalsallWildlife

Nige Curnow, Senior Countryside Ranger

Contact for: The Grange, Mill Lane, Goscote Valley, Hayhead Wood, Cuckoos Nook & the Dingle, Forest School
curnown@walsall.gov.uk
01922 65 4260

Helen Sanger, Senior Countryside Ranger

Contact for:  Brownhills Common, Pelsall North Common, Clayhanger Common, Leigh's Wood, Beacon Quarry, Forst School
sangerhc@walsall.gov.uk
01922 65 4371
@WalsallHeaths

Jeff McBride, Countryside & Project Development Officer

Contact for: Barr Beacon, Top Hangar, Project Development & Partnership Working
mcbridej@walsall.gov.uk
01922 65 4240

Tim Cleary, Countryside Operations Ranger

Contact for:  Site Management, Countryside Stewardship, Wood & Logs, Top Hangar Operations
clearyt@walsall.gov.uk
01922 65 4262

Martin Harrison, Barr Beacon Community Liaison Officer

Contact for:  Barr Beacon, Bands on the Beacon, Forest School, Pheasey & Streetly Events
077910 70929
martin.h@bbcwildlife.co.uk
@BarrBeacon

For all general enquiries, please email:

countrysideservices@walsall.gov.uk

This page was last updated on 12 June 2014