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.
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.
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 woodcraft 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.
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.
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
Morgan Bowers, Senior Countryside Ranger
Contact for: Fibbersley, Rough Wood Chase, Moorcroft Wood, Merrions Wood, Protected species (Bats, Newts) and Wildlife Survey Volunteering, Basketry
Nige Curnow, Senior Countryside Ranger
Contact for: The Grange, Mill Lane, Goscote Valley, Hayhead Wood, Cuckoos Nook & the Dingle, Forest School
Colin Manning, Senior Countryside Ranger
Contact for: Brownhills Common, Pelsall North Common, Clayhanger Common, Leigh's Wood, Beacon Quarry, Forst School
Jeff McBride, Countryside Project Development Officer
Contact for: Barr Beacon, Top Hangar, Project Development & Partnership Working
Tim Cleary, Countryside Operations Ranger
Contact for: Site Management, Countryside Stewardship, Wood & Logs, Top Hangar Operations
Martin Harrison, Barr Beacon Community Liaison Officer
Contact for: Barr Beacon, Bands on the Beacon, Forest School, Pheasey & Streetly Events
For all general enquiries, please email:
This page was last updated on 04 December 2013