Before you jump in the car and
head for the countryside this summer, take a stroll down to the Wom
Brook and enjoy this fabulous local beauty spot.
Wom Brook, which gives its name
to Wombourne rises on Penn Common and joins Smestow brook at
Smestow. It is made up of four compartments each having a different
The Wom Brook corridor consists
of the water body itself and assorted vegetation banks.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust surveyed the site in May 2004 and it
was found that an active colony of Water Voles is present on at
least one section of the brook.
Water Voles are in serious decline nation wide. The much loved
endangered mammals are recognized in the local Biodiversity Action
Plan, which identifies a number of other species and outlines
recovery measures. The brook corridor also has a diversity of
aquatic margin species as well as woodland species.
The brook corridor starting from
A449 consists of a small woodland area leading down to a footbridge
crossing the Wom Brook. From here the corridor opens up a little to
parcels of incidental open space adjoining residential development.
On this section there are a number of old Willows some of which
have been pollarded over the years. The walk then crosses Mill
The section from Mill Lane to Gravel Hill consists
of slightly larger open spaces fringed with scrub and semi mature
From here on the landscape
consists of slightly larger open spaces fringed with many matures
Poplars, Alders, Willows and Oaks. There is a picnic area and
plenty of space for children to play. Along these more open
sections, habitats for a range of bird species can be found,
including Kingfisher and Dippers. Older children and grown ups
alike can enjoy exploring the area for many species to be found in
this wildlife haven. You will find a list of what to look out for
on the educational board near the foot bridge.
The final section from Millfields
Way to Bridgnorth Road consists of smaller open spaces fringed with
more dense woodland.
This picturesque area is easily
accessible at many points through the village. There are pedestrian
footpaths making it suitable for those with younger children (a
major bonus to be able to walk easily with the pushchair - I'm sure
other parents will agree!). The Wom Brook intersects with the
Railway Walk at the Gravel Hill section and the Staffordshire and
Worcestershire Canal at the Planks Lane section, so is also ideal
for those wanting a longer walking route.
So whether your interest is
conservation, exercise, a place for the children to explore, or
just a leisurely stroll through tranquil surroundings, visit the
Wom Brook - it's right there on our door step!
Held on 1st Tuesday of the month
at the Parish Council Chambers, Gravel Hill at 7.30 p.m.
Caring for the
None members are welcome to join in all
activities. The work parties involve litter collection and
plant / animal habitat management. For further information,
please contact the Friends Group Chairman using the details
All actitivities are from 10-12 noon.
For the work parties, please meet at Gravel Hill picnic benches
unless otherwise stated.
The programme of activities / events planned
for 2013 is as follows: -
||Thursday 17th January 2013
|Railway Walk: Birds and Trees
||Saturday 19th January 2013
||Meet 10am Station Car Park
||Saturday 2nd February 2013
|Birds and Trees - Bring
||Saturday 16th February 2013
||Meet 10am at Bratch Locks
||Thursday 21st February 2013
||Saturday 2nd March 2013
|Fishing in Wom Brook at Heath Mill Bridge and
||Saturday 16th March 2013
||Meet 10am Heath Mill Bridge - Millfields
||Thursday 21st March 2013
||Saturday 6th April 2013
||Thursday 18th April 2013
|Fishing in the Smestow
||Saturday 20th April 2013
||Meet 10am by Trysull Church
||Saturday 4th May 2013
||Thursday 16th May 2013
|Butterflies, Bees and Spiders
||Saturday 18th May 2013
||Meet 10am at the far end of Hatch Heath Close,
opposite Westfield School
||Saturday 1st June 2013
|Recording insects and butterflies
||Saturday 15th June 2013
||Meet 10am by Pooh Bridge
||Thursday 20th June 2013
|Judging the photographic competition and choosing
pictures for the Wom Brook 2014 calendar!
||Saturday 6th July 2013
||Meet 10am at Wombourne Methodist
Contact our Grounds Maintenance and
Bereavement Services Manager for more
Grounds Maintenance and Bereavement
Telephone: (01902) 696406
Fax: (01902) 846553
Friends Group Chairman
Telephone: (01902) 892187