West Midland Bird Club

Birds in the West Midlands County

Introduction

The West Midlands county (now 902 km²) is primarily urban, including the cities of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton, plus Solihull and the Black Country. Nonetheless, there is countryside, the ‘Meriden Gap’, between Coventry and the rest, and Sutton Park is the largest urban park in Europe. The West Midlands county should not be confused with the wider West Midland region, at whose heart it sits.

The county borders and is surrounded by all three of the other counties in our region (clockwise from the West): Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

You can observe birds anywhere in the county — from your own garden or windowsill, to local parks, but below we list places of special interest.

Branches

The Club has established branches at and , and a .

County Recorder

Please report your sightings to the West Midlands County Recorder.

West Midland Bird Club Reserves

Permits for the Club's reserves are available to members either through "inclusive" membership or separately.

Other Sites

The inclusion of a site in this list does not signify freely available public access — permits may be required.

Select the OS references (e.g. SO9391 *) for a map. Four-digit references will give an approximate, not exact, location, so please take care not to trespass on adjacent premises.

Local Authorities

The following councils have responsibility for a number of issues which affect birds, including planning, pollution control, managing parks and running museums. All are metropolitan boroughs and act as unitary authorities, there being no county council.

  1. Wolverhampton City Council *
  2. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council *
  3. Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council *
  4. Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council *
  5. Birmingham City Council *
  6. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council *
  7. Coventry City Council *

Boundary Changes

Vice-Counties

Although we record birds according to modern county boundaries, some wildlife (such as insects and plants) is recorded according to , based on traditional county boundaries and unaffected by subsequent local government changes. There is, therefore no West Midlands vice-county, and most of the modern-day West Midlands county belongs to the vice-counties of Staffordshire (numbered “39”), Warwickshire (“38”) or Worcestershire (“37”).

Further Information

Corrections

Please notify our webmaster if we've missed any sites, or links.

Maps on this page available under the GNU Free Documentation License *.
Please see our note on mapping links.)

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Ornithology in Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire & the West Midlands county, since 1929.

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