Saved from development following a huge public campaign, Moseley Bog & Joys Wood became a nature reserve and supports a tremendous range of plants, animals and insects. Especially fascinating are the gnarled old trees, the fantastic displays of bluebells each spring, and the wildflower meadows in early summer.
Moseley Bog was the childhood playground of The Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien, who lived nearby. He stated that the site inspired the ‘old forest’ in his books. People come from all over the world to discover his inspiration for themselves.
The site also has great archaeological interest, having two burnt mounds, as well as more recent remains such as the old mill dam and the foundations of Victorian greenhouses.
The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Advantage West Midlands, BIFFA and other funding streams to improve site access and increase biodiversity. Interpretation boards are in place. The entrance feature and car park have been completed on Yardley Wood Road. The boardwalk allows access to wheelchair and pushchair users. A considerable amount of the paths have been improved, including the fantastic new gates and entrance at Pensby Close.
The Wildlife Trust website for Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood has podcasts and and a wealth of other information, including how to find them. Please follow the link below :
The Friends of Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood Nature Reserve has built on the success of previous groups and years of volunteering and campaigning. It was community action that saved the reserve from the developers, and was one of the catalysts for the formation of the Urban Wildlife Group, which became The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country.
The Friends are now one of the Trust’s local groups. If you’d like to join the Friends group or find out more about us you can contact email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @mosbogfriends
You can also get involved in the conservation of the reserve by joining one of the Trust’s volunteer days. Have a look at our blogs to see what we get up to http://www.bbcwildlife.org.uk/blog