Moseley Bog Local Nature Reserve
A wonderful hidden part of Moseley seen by many as the inspiration for the author J.R.R Tolkien when he remembered his childhood prior to writing his books on The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Nevertheless, the site is an important site for wildlife, in particular lichens and mosses that thrive in the wetland as well as some of the older trees that grace the surrounding bog itself. The local Wild Life Trust has a very keen interest in the future management of this parkland.
Site Name: Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood
Grid reference: SP 094821
Planning Authority: Birmingham City Council
Location and Access:
Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood lie approximately 3 miles south of Birmingham City Centre, situated between Sparkhill and Billesley, Hall Green and Moseley or between Yardley Wood Road and Wake Green Road
Access points are situated at various points along the Yardley Wood Road or the playing fields to the north (these both have car parks, although the Yardley Wood Road car park is not in use at present). There is also an entrance at the end of Pensby close.
The land comprising Moseley Bog and Joy's Wood was declared a Local Nature Reserve by the council on 17 July 1991. Much of the area comprising Moseley Bog was declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in 1980. However, following its LNR declaration and re-evaluation by English Nature, the site was denotified (21 July 1992).
The burnt mounds and surrounding areas are designated Scheduled Ancient Monument as of 24 July 2002.
The area known as Moseley Bog is made up of both wet and dry woodland together with patches of fen vegetation which has developed on the site of an old millpond. There is also an area of secondary woodland, which has developed on the old gardens along the eastern boundary
Joy's Wood, (formerly known as The Dell), is a mosaic of grassland, hedgerows, woodland and mixed broadleaved plantations. Adjoining Joy's Wood to the north, lies an area of public open space and sports pitches. This is in council ownership but not part of the LNR.
Moseley & Kings Heath Ward