The Canal & River Trust, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council and City of Wolverhampton Council have been working together to designate a new Black Country Wyrley and Essington Canal Local Nature Reserve (LNR). The new LNR will cover the Wyrley and Essington Canal corridor, stretching from Wolverhampton City Centre to the edge of Walsall, and limited areas of adjoining land.
The management plan includes a proposed extension of the existing Wyrley and Essington Branch Canal LNR (South Staffordshire) into Walsall Borough.
A Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a publicly accessible site which is locally important for wildlife, education and enjoyment. LNRs are typically owned and managed by the local Council. This LNR is unique as the majority is owned and managed by the Canal and River Trust, with areas of adjoining land owned and managed by Walsall Council and City of Wolverhampton Council. The three partners are committed to jointly manage the LNR for wildlife, education and enjoyment purposes for at least 21 years. A draft Management Plan has been produced for the new Local Nature Reserve, which is available to view below.
Ecological surveys have been completed which provide detailed information on the wildlife value of the Canal corridor.
We are seeking views and comments on the draft Management Please submit any comments to Walsall Council
Post : Clean and Green, Environmental Depot, 200 Pelsall Road, Brownhills, WS8 7EN,
Closing date is Friday 5
Please provide your name, address and email address and explain as fully as possible any proposed changes, together with the reasons for the changes. It may help you to refer to Natural England’s guidance on designating Local Nature Reserves, which is available below:
The consultation responses received will be brought together in a summary document and used to make amendments to the Management Plan, where appropriate.
The next stage will be to formally designate the Local Nature Reserve, by taking separate reports to Walsall Cabinet and City of Wolverhampton Cabinet during the summer, submitting a declaration document to Natural England and publishing an advert in a local paper.
Environmental Improvement Team
Clean and Green Environmental Depot
200 Pelsall Lane