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Birmingham Nature Lovers: Sandwell Valley Country Park

September 16, 2014

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It’s not every day that you can innocently take your dog out for a walk and end up playing on a giant wooden glockenspiel in the woods!  Well, that is unless you regularly frequent Sandwell Valley Country Park and have a walk in Priory Woods, which can be easily accessed from the car park next […]

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Birmingham Nature Lovers: Woodgate Valley Country Park

September 2, 2014

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As a first impression, when you pull into the car park, and see the visitors centre, Woodgate Valley is pleasant enough, yet lacking in any particular wow factor.  However, as you start to move away from the main children’s play area, the scene begins to open up and becomes quite spectacular. Behind the visitors centre, […]

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Birmingham Nature Lovers: Lickey Hills Country Park

August 20, 2014

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Before this recent visit, I had only one memory of Lickey Hills; as a child, one winter, I remember going there with my parents, and rolling in the snow with my dog, Megan.  The memory is faded now, so I really didn’t know what to expect – other than hills, obviously!  We went to the […]

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Birmingham Natures Lovers: Kings Heath Park & Highbury Park

August 5, 2014

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Kings Heath Park & Highbury Park As these parks are so close to one another, that you could feasible walk from one to the other, I thought I’d write them up as one. We started off at Kings Heath Park, which is a very picturesque and well-kept park, with a more formal feel.  As there […]

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Birmingham Nature Lovers: Plantsbrook Nature Reserve

June 18, 2014

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Debra Jane is back with her Birmingham Nature Lovers series and this time has fallen in love with Plantsbrook Nature Reserve. As I leaned on the viewing platform overlooking the lake, I watched bright blue dragonflies skimming daintily across the glistening water.  Swarms of tadpoles transformed from black to silver as, one by one, they […]

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Birmingham Nature Lovers: Kingfisher Country Park

May 20, 2014

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After a few weeks of intense work, rainy days off and a holiday, I finally got to visit another place on my list – Kingfisher Country Park.  It was a gorgeous sunny day, and with the trees now in full bloom, it was a stunning place to visit. Typical of me, I didn’t spend any […]

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Birmingham for Nature Lovers – Fox Hollies Park

April 8, 2014

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When I first arrived on a drizzly and grey Monday morning, I was curious to see the park for myself, as, on the map, it looks pretty huge (indeed, it covers some 40 acres of parkland, which, back in 1929 when it was acquired by Birmingham City Parks Department, was valued at £250) and it […]

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Birmingham for Nature Lovers – Meriden Park (in Kingfisher Country Park)

March 18, 2014

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On Monday, I arrived at number 3 on my alphabetical Birmingham for Nature Lovers list, to find it was a disappointing green splat in the middle of a housing estate and truth be told, I just couldn’t bring myself to get out of the car and explore!  I drove around it from the outside (it […]

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Birmingham for Nature Lovers: Brookvale Park

March 5, 2014

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When I arrived at Brookvale Park, the second inner city area of ‘nature’ for these articles, I realised that I’d driven past it a few times over the years. Apparently, it is a former drinking reservoir, created to provide clean water to Birmingham residents – at the time, it was located in the countryside, so […]

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