Looking across the Rowley Hills
Portway Hill, which is part of the Rowley Hills, is one of our newest nature reserves. 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.
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 also boasts 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 as birds which enjoy the open grassland and those, like warblers, which may be found in the scrub at the edges of the site.
Always interesting to visit, whether it’s wide ranging views, colourful flowers and butterflies or birds are your interest.
Visiting the Reserve
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.
The hills are open to the public all year round and can be accessed from several locations: the Wolverhampton Road between the BP Garage and Brewers Faye ‘Lakeside’, Bury Hill Park, St. Brades Close, Portway Hill, Kennford Close and Wadham Close – see the map below.
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.
Join The Friends of Rowley Hills
The work of the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & the Black Country is supported at Rowley Hills by the recently formed The Friends of Rowley Hills. More information about them can be found on their website
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.
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