A GREAT Bog Adventure...

If you go down to Moseley Bog today you’re sure of a big surprise… Moseley Bog is infamous for inspiring Tolkien’s adventures in Middle Earth – Now The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country together with the Friends of Moseley Bog have created a Sculpture Trail around the nature reserve to inspire everyone to have a Great Bog Adventure.
Tom, Senior Conservation Officer

credit, Eva Phillips

Some of the wooden sculptures could previously be found in the reserve however they have been hidden from view by vegetation, this has been cleared so their beauty can be seen again. Wildlife Trust Senior Conservation Officer Tom Hartland Smith has created new sculptures from reclaimed wood found around the site. Made with just a chainsaw the detail on wildlife sculptures like the Butterfly, Newt and Dragonfly is incredible.

Reserve Officer Natalie Norton from the Wildlife Trust has been working with the Friends of Moseley Bog and local volunteers to increase access around the site with new boardwalks. Tesco Bags of Help and Veolia Environmental Trust have funded the improved access, boardwalks and sculptures. Their next challenge is to improve the water pollution levels to improve habitats for native plants and wildlife. Local community volunteers will be taught to monitor the water pollution levels through freshwater surveys of invertebrates like dragonfly larvae and freshwater shrimp. As the pollution levels decline they hope to see thriving colonies of newts and rare plant species like sphagnum that create the bog itself.

An A4 map showing all the walkways and access points as well as the sculptures, old and new, can be downloaded and printed below - can you find them all? 

The Great Bog Adventure Map