Friends of Hill Hook
Hill Hook is an outstanding site with a wide variety of habitats ranging from rough grassland, scrub and dry woodland to open water, marsh and alder carr woodland.
The City boundary forms the northern boundary of the LNR. A small stream, the Bourne Brook, runs from the southern most point to feed the Mill Pool. The brook itself continues northwards from the pool outflow and continues under Hill Hook Road and on to Blake Street. It is owned by Birmingham City Council and managed in partnership with the Friends of Hill Hook Local Nature Reserve and the Wildlife Trust.
The LNR is bordered on its eastern and western boundaries by residential development. To the south is more housing but much of this boundary borders the Four Oaks Cricket Club. To the north, between Hill Hook Road and Blake Street, is a large rectangle of land comprised of small pockets of woodland, scrub, grassland and tall herb. This part of the reserve is an important extension, linking the reserve to form a linear corridor to the golf course to the north and the surrounding countryside.
The main access points are off Netherstone Grove and Bradgate Drive, which runs a well-maintained hard surface path along the top of the dam, which dissects the site.
A brick built seating area and shrub beds mark the site of the old mill.
Visiting the Reserve
Hill Hook is located approximately 400m south of Blake Street Station in the northern suburbs of Sutton Coldfield. Private residences border the reserve on all other sides except for a playing field to the southwest, currently leased by the local cricket club. Bradgate Drive is to the west, Sandhurst Road to the south, Balmoral Road to the east and Netherstone Grove to the northeast. There is pedestrian access to the LNR from Netherstone Grove, Bradgate Drive and Hill Hook Road.
Grid Reference: SK105003
The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country
0121 454 1199 ext 207
Link to the local group's website
Friends of Hill Hook Nature Reserve have their own dedicated website, which you can visit at: www.hillhooklnr.org/index.php
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