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Proposed Nature Reserves

Potential future Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) should have an intrinsic nature conservation value and, as such, it is proposed that the City's current register of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) will form the basis of sites to be assessed as potential LNRs. These sites together with Birminghams Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and current LNRs make up the Citys Critical Natural Capital, as defined in the Nature Conservation Strategy for Birmingham (1997).

Current SINC sites formed the core of sites to be evaluated for LNR potential but ancient woodland or Sites of Local Importance for Nature Conservation (SLINC) sites that have been surveyed, since designations were made and now meet SINC criteria, were included in the pool of sites evaluated. The full list of sites was presented to the Nature Conservation Policy Group (NCPG) (15/1/2002), for approval. The endorsed sites are shown in the table below:

High Ranked Sites (all endorsed as proposed LNRs by the NCPG)

Site Name


Land at Queslett & Perry Beeches


Lifford Reservoir


Bourn Brook Valley (land at Vincent Drive)


Trittiford pool and Adjoining land
& Priory Pool


Sandwell Valley


Balaam Wood
& Rubery Hill


Harborne Walkway
& Edgbaston Reservoir


Wychall Reservoir
& North of Wychall Lane


Burbury Brick Works
& The Ackers


Project Kingfisher


Project Kingfisher was declared in Autumn 2003 and work on Balaams Wood is ongoing.

The selection criteria used did not concentrate directly on the nature conservation value of each site.
This is due to the following factors:

  • That nature conservation value is already implied at all the sites to be evaluated, either through their SINC designation or through recent survey indicating SINC quality.

  • It would be difficult to provide meaningful evaluation of the sites against each other owing to the historical nature of much of the data and disparities in the level of survey and recording between the sites.
  • Both size, and a sites position in an ecological unit, relate to the ecological value of a site. So these will give a relative measure of each sites value.

The criteria used are as follows:

  • Areas of deficit
  • Area of high deprivation
  • Existing community use & involvement
  • Educational potential
  • Size
  • Position in ecological unit
  • Access

Local Nature Reserves