Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve



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The fossils found in the 400 million-year-old limestone of the former quarry of Wren’s Nest NNR at Dudley have made it an internationally important geological site. The most famous is the trilobite known as the ‘Dudley Bug’, which is used as the centrepiece of the town’s coat-of-arms. Over 700 types of fossil have been found at Wren’s Nest, 186 of which were first discovered and described here and 86 are found nowhere else on Earth. The limestone grasslands of Wren’s Nest are rich in wildflowers, and there are fine displays of small scabious, milkwort, quaking grass and hoary plantain, plus common spotted, bee and pyramidal orchids. The reserve supports 10 different kinds of butterfly, and you might see red admirals, skippers and small tortoiseshells, plus bumble bees, hoverflies and a variety of beetles. In winter, long-tailed tits, blue tits and great tits move through the woodlands, while redwings and fieldfares are seen in the winter. In late spring, the woodland on Mons Hill rings with the territorial song of wren, blackbird, robin, chiffchaff, great tit and willow warbler.

Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve
Wrens Hill Road, DUDLEY, DY1 3SB


About the area

Discover West Midlands

After Greater London, the West Midlands is the UK’s biggest county by population, and after London, Birmingham is the UK’s largest city. There’s a lot to seek out here – it has a vibrant culture, with exceptionally good nightlife. Coventry used to be more important than Birmingham, until the 18th century when the Industrial Revolution started and Brum forged ahead. 

Apart from Lady Godiva, Coventry is best known for its cathedrals. The medieval parish church became a cathedral in 1918, but the Blitz on Coventry in 1940 left only the spire and part of the walls. After the war, it was decided to build a new cathedral alongside linked to the ruins. 

Dudley was one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution, and this history is reflected in its architecture and the Black Country Living Museum, a recreation of an industrial village, with shops and a pub, cottages and a chapel. Stourbridge is also worth a visit, mainly due to its involvement in glassmaking, which has been going on since the 17th century, and is still a part of the town’s culture; there’s a glass museum and a bi-annual glass festival.

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