Priory Woods

Priory Woods Local Nature Reserve lies within Sandwell Valley Country Park and has over 21 hectares of mature woodland, pools and grassland. Numerous footpaths lead around the Reserve passing through a variety of different wildlife habitats, and linking up with other areas of interest in the Country Park.

The site of Sandwell Priory and the Sand Well also lie within the Reserve.

For further information contact 0121 588 6154 or 0121 569 3070

Wildlife

The woodlands support a wide variety of native trees with a number of introduced exotic species. There is a varied age structure including some sweet chestnuts approaching 250 years of age.

Breeding birds in the woodlands include great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, and stock dove. The islands on Ice House Pool support a heronry, and on the pools, a variety of wildfowl can be seen and the waters are rich in invertebrates, with dragonflies and damselflies in evidence during the summer.

Wild flowers to be found include cowslip, southern marsh orchid, bluebell, and ramsons.

Location

Priory Woods LNR lies in the heart of Sandwell Valley, the main access point being from the car park at Sandwell Park Farm. Other footpaths within Sandwell Valley Country Park lead to the Reserve and there is also pedestrian access from Park Lane.

Facilities

There is a visitor centre at Sandwell Park Farm, open from 10.00am - 4.30pm throughout the year (entrance charges apply). This is a working Victorian farm and includes tea rooms, toilets, a farm yard and kitchen garden. For further information contact 0121 553 0220.

Parking

The main car park for the Reserve is at Sandwell Park Farm, off Salters Lane, West Bromwich.

Transport

A number of bus services pass within a fifteen minute walk of the Reserve. Contact TRAVELINE on 0871 200 22 33 for further details.

Disabled Access

Surfaced paths lead from the car park through the woodlands and around the pools. Other parts of the reserve have un-surfaced tracks, some of which may be suitable for wheelchairs during dry weather. The Reserve is mostly level although there is an incline over the motorway bridge.

Opening

The car park is open from 7.30am until dusk (check gate times on arrival). The Reserve itself is open to the public at all times.