Environmental protection

Environmental Protection - Safeguarding the Reserve for the Future

The area that we call Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve was subjected to many abuses in the 20th century, but today the site is a haven for wildlife, enjoyed and cared for by local people.

Local volunteers and Wildlife Trust staff are working to ensure that, although the valley’s character has been changed by human activity, it survives and prospers for the benefit of nature and people into the future.

If you care about the reserve, come and join us – details are shown overleaf. You'll make new friends and learn new skills along the way!

It seems unthinkable now, but in 1980 plans were announced to build 22 houses in the reserve. This sparked a ‘Save Our Bog’ campaign led by local resident Joy Fifer, which culminated in 1986 with the City Council putting a stop to the development by purchasing a section of the land.

The campaign included news reports, street demonstrations, petitions and lots of public support. It inspired local conservationists to found the Urban Wildlife Group, which in turn went on to become the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country - the first Wildlife Trust in the country to serve a wholly urban area. In 2010 Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood became a Wildlife Trust Reserve. 

    The local community and volunteers are crucial to our work in safeguarding natural areas. As a trust we invest in our volunteers so they are well equipped to help support sites through practical management, community events, fundraising and membership.
    Meadows are grass-dominated areas of land that are traditionally cut for hay and sometimes grazed by livestock over the winter months. Once awash with wildflowers and alive with insects, our meadows have been drained, damaged and destroyed as a result of modern agricultural practices: more than 95% of our wildflower meadows have been lost in recent years. Without care, those meadows that are left can quickly become overgrown, shading out delicate wildflowers. The Wildlife Trust is using traditional methods to manage the open spaces of Joy's Wood as meadow. This will encourage wildlife and a greater diversity of wildflowers.
  3. FEN
    Moseley Bog contains an area of rare fen vegetation which is known locally as ‘The Bog’. Fens are areas of waterlogged ground which support a wide variety of plants and animals adapted to live in damp conditions. Whereas bogs, swamps and marshes are fed by rainwater, or water draining from the land (known as ‘run-off’), fens are usually fed by water rising from below ground. To prevent the fen and its special wildlife being lost to woodland the Wildlife Trust regularly remove colonising trees.
    The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for a range of spring flowers, from showy bluebells to delicate yellow pimpernel, interesting ferns to pretty primroses. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting and ride maintenance open up the woodland floor to the sun, helping many flowers and plants to thrive. You can help too: volunteer at Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about woodland wildlife.