Education and Community

The three year Moseley Bog Project improved access and encouraged more of the community to visit and enjoy the Reserve. Funding was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Advantage West Midlands, Natural England and other funding streams.

In addition to the on site improvements to the paths, we have produced leaflets and information panels. There are also opportunities for all members of the community to get involved in practical conservation, event support and generally enjoying the nature reserve.

Improvements to the reserve include the following:

  • A boardwalk route accessible to wheelchair users.
  • New interpretation boards.
  • Improvements to the car park.
  • Viewing platforms.
  • A new feature entrance on Yardley Wood Road.
  • An outdoor classroom area.

Take full advantage of the wonderful site improvements and the education and community opportunities.

We also have educational packs available. You can download an electronic copy here.

Education at the Moseley Bog & Joy's Wood Nature Reserve

Curriculum Areas

The Trust uses CRB/DBS checked experienced session leaders, particularly when developing and delivering curriculum based sessions. Below are some example activities that relate the Key stages and subjects areas. In addition our Forest School sessions can be tailored for any Key stage, and we can also develop bespoke sessions to complement lesson plans.

Early learners, Foundation Stage

Activity Learning Objectives
Wood discovery
Discover the wonder of woods, the plants and animals through investigation and play
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) 2012
Physical, Personal, Social and Emotional development. Mathematics.
Understanding the World.
Mini Beast Safari
Search for mini-beasts and play games outside
EYFS Understanding the World. Personal, Social and Emotional.
Sense Nature
Use the senses all over the reserve through activities, play and storytelling
EYFS Communication and Language; Personal, Social and Emotional.
Understanding the World.
Expressive Arts and Design.

Key Stage 1 & 2

Activity Related
Learning Activities
Green Plants Geography Learn about the Reserve and how we manage environmental change sustainably.
Mini Beast Safari Science Investigate minibeasts and their adaptations to the habitat or investigate minibeasts food chains and look for evidence of this in the reserve.
Outdoor Art Art Observe a natural environment, Investigate shape and form and make your own outdoor art from natural materials.

Key Stage 3 & 4

Activity Related
Learning Activities
The people of Moseley Bog History See the evidence of the Bronze age people that lived in the reserve.
How did their lives differ from ours?
Investigate the historic link between Moseley Bog Nature Reserve and Sarehole Mill.
Invertebrate investigations Science Organisms, their behaviour and the environment.
Tolkien Discovery English Speaking and listening; Discover Moseley Bog, a site that inspired Tolkien, write your own short stories, or poetry.

Non-Curriculum Areas

At the Trust we also encourage non-curriculum play and learning activities. This can include sessions similar to the following activities. However we will adapt the sessions to the group size and dynamic.

Early learners

Activity Learning Objectives
Teddy Bears Picnic Using outdoor spaces for play activities.

Key Stage 1 & 2

Activity Learning Objectives
Play Day A variety of organised games and free play time.

Key Stage 3 & 4

Activity Learning Objectives
Craft Building Den building or willow sculpture.

Other reserves and educational opportunities
The Wildlife Trust has a number of reserves across Birmingham and the Black Country. We can deliver work and other educational sessions either at the reserves or at your schools. We also have environment centres for you to visit. You can find more information on our Discover and Learn page, or please contact us for more information.

Community Events

Moseley Bog & Joy's Wood Nature Reserve continues to be at the heart of the community and is host to many events throughout the year. Come and join us in making the reserve a hub of activity.

The reserve is part of a network of reserves following the course of the River Cole, known as The Shire Country Park. The Shire Country Park has a variety of activities and workdays taking place throughout the year.

Moseley Bog continues to be a wonderful environment for community events. Middle-earth weekend which takes place at Sarehole Mill continues to link closely with Moseley Bog through walks and re-enactments. In addition Moth and Bat nights, woodworking events and ramblers walk are just some of the great ways to connect with likeminded people.

The Wildlife Trust encourages the community to make use of Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood for public events. If you wish to organise an event please contact us in advance with full details so that we can ensure that it meets health and safety guidelines. All events that involve groups of people using equipment or structures such as tables, sound equipment or gazebos require permission.

It may be possible to gain staffing support from the Wildlife Trust for some events.

Things you need to know

  • There are no buildings or toilets on site.
  • We recommend that you wash hands or bring anti-bacterial hand gel or wipes for cleaning hands after activities.
  • If anyone in your group becomes unwell, they should inform your doctor that you have visited a nature reserve and the type of activities you were involved with.
  • Please be prepared for all weather. In extreme weather circumstances the session should be cancelled.
  • Parking is limited, so please inform the Trust representative about your travel arrangements.
  • To discuss this further please contact us.



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