We work in partnership with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust to manage two local nature reserves in the area.
Broadway Gravel Pit
The local nature reserve is sited to the west of Broadway on an area previously used for gravel extraction until 1957.
It now contains a variety of semi-natural habitats ranging from seasonal open water, to marsh and dry areas of grassland with scrub. The diversity of habitats has resulted in a great range of species being present on the site. Over 100 species of flowering plants have been recorded as well as many bird, mammal and invertebrate species, some of which are only found in wetland habitats such as this site supports.
For more information on the Gravel Pit go to worcswildlifetrust.co.uk
Droitwich Community Woods
Ombersley Way, Droitwich, Worcestershire, WR9 0RQ
Droitwich Community Woods is located in the Salwarpe Valley, on the south-western outskirts of Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, approximately 1.5km from the town centre. It is a nature reserve managed in partnership with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. Droitwich Community Woods covers just over 30.3 hectares. The area is divided by A38 (Roman Way), Ombersley Way, Chawson Lane, River Salwarpe, Droitwich Canal and the main line railway from Birmingham. There is a small car park on Ombersley Way, 250m from Roman Way.
Droitwich Community Woods comprises of a mixture of deciduous woodland, blackthorn scrub, grassland, wild flower meadows – established and developing, river banks – including saltmarsh and canal sides.
There are three way marked, themed nature trails that lead visitors through the woodland, grassland and scrub habitat that make up this green oasis in the heart of Droitwich Spa. The 3 walks start from the small car park and apart from a section of about 100m where 2 of the walks goes along the roadside verge, the walks avoid the roads. The Meadow walk is approximately 1.0km long, the Butterfly walk 0.75km long and the bird walk about 1.5km long.
The saltmarsh is quite unusual to be found in this location. The area overlies salt-bearing rock strata that were laid down over 200 million years ago. The strata were close enough to the surface for saline springs to occur and salt extraction to take place from the Roman period onwards. Inland saltmarshes are rare and they’ve developed here as a result of saline water in the River Salwarpe, the local springs, streams and ditches. The most striking of the, normally seaside, plants that occur here is dittander. This grows in tall, luxuriant beds by the Salwarpe and is at its best in summer.
What to look out for in Droitwich Woods
Birds: Kingfishers, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Greater-spotted wood pecker, Sparrow hawk, Buzzard, Song thrush, Bull finch, Sedge warbler, Whitethroat.
Trees: Wild pear, Perry pear, Sweet chestnut, Oak, Lime, Ash, Poplar, Sycamore, Wyche elm, Bird cherry.
Flora: Cowslip, Daffodil, Primrose, Yellow rattle, Knapweed, Oxeye daisy, Trefoil, Bluebell, Dogs mercury, Giant bellflower, Small teasel, Sea club-Rush, Lesser Sea-Spurrey.
Butterflies: Red Admiral, Peacock, Painted lady, marbled white, and comma
Other insects: Glow worms (they are beetles despite their name!), dragon flies, damsel flies,
Worcester Wildlife Trust holds regular activities on site. These include Bat Walks, Seed Bombing Sessions, Hay Strewing, Glow Worm Walks. Follow WDC Park and WWT Facebook pages for further information.
A trail guide is available, information is on the Worcestershire WildlifeTrust leaflet.
Wychavon District Council
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