Planted in the 18th century by Lady Dudley to hide the scars of coal mining, Saltwells Local Nature Reserve is now one of the UK’s largest urban nature reserves, covering 247 acres.
What to see:
- Daphne Pool – with 16 recorded species of Dragonfly.
- Extensive bluebell woodland with woodland birds.
- Recolonized old clay pits full of orchids.
- Gorse covered Netherton Hill.
- Geological sites of special scientific interest – showing the best exposure of the Staffordshire coalfields and Brewin’s Cutting.
- Exposure of the South Staffordshire Coalfield of the conglomeratic (pebble beds) base of the Carboniferous rocks (the floor of the very coalfield itself), resting on much older rocks of the Silurian Period.