Gorse Farm Wood
Gorse Farm Wood Local Nature Reserve is in Great Barr, the main pedestrian entrance being off Eastwood Road. The 6.2 hectare site has a range of habitats including woodland, willow carr, grassland, pools and streams and a recently created area of young heathland. A number of pathways, including a boardwalk section, lead around the Reserve.
For more information contact 0121 588 6154 or 0121 569 3070.
The range of habitats on the Reserve support a variety of plants and animals. Current breeding bird species include blackbird, robin, blue and great tits; sparrowhawk and great spotted woodpecker have also bred here.
Notable plant species include a fine display of bluebells in Spring, young heather seedlings, and the locally rare wood horsetail. A wide variety of insects can also be found on site.
The main pedestrian access point is on Eastwood Road by the junction with Farnham Close, B43 5RT.
There is limited roadside parking near to the pedestrian entrance.
A number of buses pass near to the Reserve. Contact Traveline for further details on 0871 200 22 33
Most of the footpaths on the Reserve are accessible by wheelchair, although being situated on a slope means that there are some gradients.
The site is open to the public at all times.