Looking across Rowley Hills Nature Reserve
Rowley Hills is our newest nature reserve, just a few acres of grassland high on the Hills looking out over Sandwell, Birmingham and parts of Dudley, but home to an astounding wealth of grassland wildflowers and butterflies. It's a key part of the wider Rowley Hills grasslands and the Black Country Living Landscape.
This small but vital reserve was acquired as part of our appeal to protect the Rowley Hills.
Backed by spectacular rock exposures of the Rowley Rag, carpeted in wildflowers and with butterflies filling the air, there's no finer place to appreciate the living landscape of wildlife sites in the wider cityscape.
The reserve boasts scarce plants, like the exotic Bee Orchid and the unusual hare's foot clover.
The reserve boast many important butterfly species, including one of the few colonies of Marbled White Butterflies in Birmingham and the Black Country.
The site is excellent for birds with birds of prey such as peregrines and kestrels as well birds which enjoy the open grassland and those, like warblers, which may be found in the scrub at the edges of the site.
Visiting the Reserve
Rowley Hills nature reserve is part of a larger area of open land between Portway and Rounds Green, on the south-eastern slopes of the Rowley Hills. You can access it from two footpaths; one which leaves the New Birmingham Road near the KFC, and goes up the hill to the reserve, which is the area between the paths at the base of the rock exposures. Alternatively access is available from an open area off St. Brades Close to the northwest and via a path which skirts the western end of Bury Hill Park and then around to the south to the former quarry face.
Support the Reserve
Please support our appeal to raise funds to complete the purchase of this important site and achieve our vision for a nature reserve encompassing far more of the Rowley Hills.
Take a look at the Rowley Hills Wildlife Photo Gallery
Step inside the living landscape of the Rowley Hills with this 360 interactive panorama:
As part of a national project, photographer Mike McFarlane travelled 5,000 miles by bike, photographing some of the UK's most amazing wild places and the work of The Wildlife Trusts. Here is the result of his work in the Black Country. You can find all the panoramas for the whole country here.