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Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood

Posted: Friday 21st March 2014 by ASpecialPlaceEachWeek

Moseley Bog & Joy’s Wood is a special place rich in wildlife and history that has long played an important role in the lives of local people. Managed by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country it is a beautiful site with a unique atmosphere and plants ranging from bog mosses to abundant flowering plants in the woodlands and meadows.

Moseley Bog is said to be the inspiration of the ‘Old Forest’ in the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien

Moseley Bog is said to be the inspiration of the ‘Old Forest’ in the writings of J.R.R.Tolkien who lived nearby as a child and it remains an important local cultural space with events and activities happening all year round.

In the 1980s local residents launched the ‘Save Our Bog’ campaign and successfully saved it from development. The Joy’s Wood area is named after Joy Fifer, a local environmental campaigner who was instrumental in this and volunteers have been key to the developing the reserve, firstly with the council and now The Wildlife Trust.

Bring your friends and family to discover the woodlands, meadows and ponds. You can spot butterflies, go bird watching, take a woodland walk and enjoy the wildflowers. The Trust is holding a “Spring Awakening” family fun day there on 22nd March.

For more information on the event and reserve you can visit The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country's website.

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