Saltwells Stroll #1 - Where am I?
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This is the first cache in a new trail of 14 caches placed around Saltwells LNR.
These are the first caches we have set so any feed back greatly received.
The paths can be muddy after bad weather so suitable footwear is advised.
Saltwells was designated as the first Local Nature Reserve in the West Midlands metropolitan county in 1981 and now covers over 100 hectares (247 acres).
Lady Dudley planted Saltwells Wood in the eighteenth century to hide the scars of coal mining. The descendants of the Oak and Beech still survive and are home to many species of woodland bird, such as Treecreeper, Jay and Great Spotted Woodpecker. Wild Garlic and Anemones are found in the wood together with carpets of Bluebells.
Within the wood is Doulton's Claypit with spectacular cliffs showing a section through the rocks of the Middle and Lower Coal Measures. Abandoned in the 1940's, the claypit has been reclaimed by nature and now has unusual plants including hundreds of Common Spotted and Southern Marsh Orchids.
South of the wood, around the chainmakers' hamlet of Mushroom Green, is an area of scrubland and meadow, plus a large reedswamp which provides a safe refuge for winter birds like Water Rail, Snipe and Teal.
North of the woodland is the gorse covered Netherton Hill, opencast for coal until the 1960s, but now home to Linnets and Reed Buntings. Further north still is an area of restored coal mining known as Cinder Bank. Sixteen species of dragonfly are found here on the Daphne Pool, making this one of the best sites for these insects in the West Midlands.
Cache placed with the kind permission of Dudley Countryside Services.
******** AS THIS CACHE WENT MISSING I HAVE HIDDEN ITS REPLACEMENT AT THE SAME LOCATION BUT IN A DIFFERENT POSITION. IT IS NOW A STANDARD NANO, HINT HAS BEEN ALTERED ********
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