A Birders' Paradise
Stubbers Green is one of Walsall's post-industrial countryside sites, comprising pools (Swan Pool and the Swag) that used to be quarry pits, and which have today become a haven for all kinds of bird life, from ducks, geese and swans to reed-nesting birds like Reed Warblers. Stubber Green boasts an impressive species list of waders, ducks and other birds, to the extent that it has been recognised for its importance as a habitat for reed-nesting birds and as a roosting site for birds like swallows.
If you're into your birds and you haven't discovered Walsall's own little birders' paradise, then get down to Stubbers Green and see what its all about! If you want to keep up to date with what birds are on the site, you can follow @CountrysideKev on twitter for regular 'tweets'! (No pun intended!)
The smaller of Stubbers Green's two pools is called Swan Pool, and it is a popular spot for people to stop, and where they often feed the birds. If you stand on the viewing platform, you will notice a board which gives a bit of advice about feeding our wild ducks, geese and swans. As much as 'feeding the ducks' has been an important part of growing up and getting to know nature, these days we know that it can actually do more harm than good.
The reason for this is that bread (and other kitchen scraps often fed to birds) has very little nutritional value for birds, and if they fill up on it, they won't eat their natural food, and can actually start to become malnourished. (Imagine starving to death with a full belly!) Here at Countryside Services, we love our ducks and geese as much as you do, and as much as you may want to feed them, the best thing that you can do is to just enjoy them, and let them go about feeding themselves.
Okay, we're showing off a bit, but here's the list of 97 species that have been recorded at Stubbers Green so far:
(Thanks to the West Midland Bird Club for the records!)
Parking: Parking is available on Stubbers Green Road
Nature Trails: None
Wildlife to see: Bird, birds and more birds (We do have a resident turtle!)
This site is great for: Birdwatching and NOT feeding the birds (sorry!)
Grid Reference: SK039019
Please note - you will need to have Google Earth installed on your computer to open some of these files.
Environmental Improvement Team
Clean and Green Environmental Depot
200 Pelsall Lane