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Portway Hill, part of the Rowley Hills

Rowley Hills is 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. The reserve boasts scarce plants, like the exotic Bee Orchid and the unusual hare's foot clover, and many important butterfly species, including one of the few colonies of Marbled White Butterflies in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Portway Hill is part of the Rowley Hills, 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.

 

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, and 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.

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland

Nearby nature reserves

Deer's Leap Wood
4 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country
Moorcroft Wood
4 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country
Centre of the Earth
4 miles - The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country

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Reserve information

Location
Portway Hill Nature Reserve
Rowley Regis
Birmingham & Black Country
Great for...
butterflies
wildflowers
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Opening Times
Open at any time
Size
0.73 hectares
Access
Yes

Walking information
Portway Hill 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.
Dogs
Dogs allowed
Reserve manager
The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country
Tel: 0121 454 1199
info@bbcwildlife.org.uk

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