Woodgate Valley Country Park
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|Woodgate Valley Country Park|
|Location||Bartley Green/Quinton, Birmingham, England|
|Area||450 acres (180 ha)|
|Operated by||Birmingham City Council|
Woodgate Valley Country Park is a Country Park within the Bartley Green and Quinton districts of Birmingham. It is the third largest Birmingham Country Park after Sutton Park and Lickey Hills Country Park. The park is maintained as a wildlife habitat but also has farm animals.
The Country Park was set up in 1984, having previously been rural land with smallholdings and larger farms. It comprises some 450 acres (180 ha) and is on land previously threatened by urban development.
The park is maintained with varied wild life habitats. There are hedgerows, meadows and woodland, plus Bourn Brook. More than 80 species of bird, including marsh harrier, long-eared owl and kingfisher; and 250 species of plants including common bluebells, foxgloves and honeysuckle, have been recorded, as have butterflies and various species of dragonflies including red admiral and small tortoiseshell. Many plants grow in the damp meadows. In 2008 muntjac deer were sighted by local residents.
It is a place where visitors to go for a leisurely walk, observe wildlife, walk the dog or ride horses. Visitors can also get away from the noise, traffic and buildings of the city.
Woodgate Valley Urban Farm
The Urban Farm is not managed or funded by the City Council but exists as a self-supporting private charitable company.
Completely separate but adjacent is the City Council Hole Farm Trekking Centre that caters for horse riding over a range of ages and abilities. Buses from Bromsgrove, Halesowen - but mostly from Birmingham city centre.
Rangers based in the Visitor Centre provide recreational activities and also educational activities like a wild food walk and school activities. The Visitor Centre has a café and displays about the park. A play area for children and a picnic area are just outside.