Moorcroft Environment Centre
The Moorcroft Environment Centre is the Wildlife Trust’s education centre in Moxley, Walsall. It offers opportunities for young people from across the Black Country to learn about wildlife and the environment in exciting and innovative ways.
The Moorcroft Centre offers national curriculum linked environmental education activities to schools across the Black Country.
Our environmental education experts can offer sessions from a few hours to a whole day of exciting activities for school classes at all key stages. We also offer teacher training in various aspects of environmental education and a comprehensive range of Forest Schools activities. Examples of activities at the Moorcroft Centre include:
- Understanding nature
- Pond dipping
- Minibeast hunts
- Exploring the woods
- Local history
- Naturally themed arts and crafts
If your school is interested in visiting the Moorcroft Centre, please the Trust Office. As well as our wide range of standard activities, our skilled staff will be happy to discuss putting together a custom package to suit your needs. We an also arrange activities at your school or a nearby wildlife site. We also offer services for the creation of school nature areas, willow sculptures, greenwood shelters see the practical projects section for more details.
The Wildlife Trust is now operating a Community Hub at Moorcroft Environment Centre. Please see this page for details: http://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/moorcroftcommunityhub
The Moorcroft Centre is adjacent to Moorcroft Wood Local Nature Reserve, owned by Walsall Council. Planted just over 100 years ago on a former colliery site the reserve is an amazing illustration of how diverse and exciting urban wildlife can be.
The mature woodland offers wonderful opportunities for youngsters to experience and study nature, and the large lake allows them to discover a whole new world of waterbirds and minibeasts.
Moorcroft Wood itself was a former colliery and the site of early blast furnace experiments, and a canal runs alongside the wood, and offers opportunities to explore the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the environment, as well as wider issues about the Black Country's role in our heritage.
Contact the Moorcroft Centre
For further information or to book educational or group visits please contact the Trust Office or call 0121 454 1199. Please note that for education, training and structured group activities, there will be a charge.
Directions to the Moorcroft Environment Centre
Moorcroft Environment Centre
Walsall WS10 8GA
By Public Transport
There are regular buses 680, 523 and 530 stopping very close to the site, and many more nearby. Wednesbury Bus Station is about a kilometre away.
Bradley Lane Metro Station is a five minute walk away, and Wednesbury Parkway is about ten minutes walk from the centre.
By Car or Bicycle
Cyclists may wish to travel on the Walsall Canal/Tame Valley Canal towpaths, in preference to using the roads. The Moorcroft Centre is almost at the centre of the Black Country. It is close to the Black Country Spine Road and the Black Country route and about five minutes from the M6 (see map). Please park considerately in the layby near the centre.