Plants, wildlife and The Wilderness
Warley Woods provides valuable habitat for a wide range of wildlife and plants and is an important green space in a heavily built up urban area. There is a rich diversity of species in Warley Woods from invertebrates to birds to mammals. There are several leaflets which will help you identify some of the natural features of Warley Woods: Tree Trail, The Wilderness, Birds.
This is not an exhaustive list but it will give you an idea of the variety of life that exists in Warley Woods. If you have species reports, please contact the Trust Office so that we can include them here!
Common pipistrelle bat
Great Spotted Woodpecker
black headed gull
(A Tree walk leaflet suitable for children and families is available here)
Wildflowers and other plants
Bluebells and Wood anenomes can be found in the Woodland. There are a whole range of plants in The Wilderness which we are continuing to record. We also hope for new species of flowers in the trial wildflower meadows.
In the areas that were gardens to the house and ornamental beds for the Edwardian park, a range of native and non-native shrubs and perennials can be found. Some of the most interesting plants in Warley Woods can ben found in The Wilderness.
Warley Woods Community Trust has given an official make-over to a space in the park which has a chequered history; an area which had multiple uses in the past and was also the location for an illegal dump of thousands of tonnes of soil and rubble in 2004. Thankfully this area had started to regenerate naturally with the range of plants attracting new birds and insects to the park.
On the advice of local residents, the Trust decided to designate the area for wildlife and to create a new visitor attraction within the park. We secured lottery funding from the CommunitySpaces Programme, managed by GroundworkUK which enabled us to survey the area for plants and invertebrates, make it safe, accessible and understandable.
The work on the site was undertaken during the Winter of 2009 and was launched in May 2010. Amongst other aspects, The Wilderness is home to plant species not found anywhere else in the West Midlands and a wetland boardwalk. There are interpretation boards at each entrance showing you what can be seen. A leaflets on the plants and insects that can be seen has been produced and can be picked up at The Pavilion or downloaded from this website here The work on The Wilderness won an Innovation Award from Green Flag award in 2010.
The Wilderness can be found between the golf course, the old rose garden; to the rear of the site where the Abbey stood. There is an entrance (with steps) from the back of the old rose garden area and step-free access from the tarmac path that runs from the main drive to the park entrance on Harborne Road.
Razor strop (birch polypore)
Dead man’s fingers
Candle snuff fungus
Coral spot fungus
King Alfred’s cakes
Many zoned polypore
Chicken of the woods
Ustulina deusta (Kretzschmaria deusta)
Please remember that fungi should not be removed from the park. Whilst some fungi is edible some can be deadly if consumed.
Common harvester (harvestman)
Knopper gall wasp
Zeller’s midget moth
Holly leaf miner
Horse chestnut scaleno
Reptiles and Amphibians
There have been no recent records of reptiles or amphibians in Warley Woods, however, populations of Common Frog and Newt have been noted in back gardens surrounding the Woods.
All of these sightings have come from a number of studies and sightings over many years. We do not currently have a plan for further studies and so would be really grateful if you would let us know if you spot anything that we need to add to our lists.
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