Size:

84.90 ha (209.79 acres)

Grid reference:

SO952811

Map reference:

Explorer 219

OS Landranger 139

This woodland oasis in the midst of pasture land is brimming with birdlife and roamed by deer, as well as attracting a diverse range of butterflies and moths. It has some fascinating flora too, including the rare violet helleborine. Just a short distance from Halesowen, it’s easily accessible and a great place to visit.

Features

  • Parking at site
  • Public access
  • Waymarked walk
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Uffmoor Wood

The 85-hectare (210-acre) Uffmoor Wood is 1.6km (1 mile) south of Halesowen and around 13km (8 miles) from central Birmingham.

From the M5 (junction 3), take the A456 (Manor Way) towards Kidderminster and Stourbridge. Just before the second roundabout, turn left into Uffmoor Lane.

There is a car park on the left.

Hagley Station is 6km (3.7 miles) from the wood. There is no bus from the train station.

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The nearest bus stop is at the northern end of Uffmoor Lane, about 0.5km (0.3 miles) from the car park.

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Facilities and access

The main entrances to the wood are off the car park (one squeeze-post and two kissing gates).There are two further entrance points along the western boundary.

The wood has over 8km (5 miles) of permissive paths, including a waymarked trail and a surfaced circular route suitable for wheelchairs and buggies. Uffmoor Wood is criss-crossed by a number of streams, so some paths can be wet, especially in winter.

There is a free car park with space for around 16 cars at the wood.

There are public toilets with disabled facilities at the bus station in Queensway, Halesowen, around 3km (1.9 miles) from the wood.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

Uffmoor Wood has an abundance of wildlife – roe, fallow and muntjac deer roam the woods and the trees ring with birdsong. Early in the year you’ll hear the drumming of the woodpecker or catch the mewling call of a buzzard and see it twisting and spiralling in its rollercoaster display flight. The wood is also renowned for its amazing range of colourful, intricately patterned butterflies and moths.

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Trees, plants and fungi

Wander through the mix of larch, pine, sycamore, ash and poplar, and you’ll come across pockets of mature oak and some trees and shrubs uncommon in the area. Look out for the creamy-white flower clusters of the guelder rose in early summer, the glossy leaves of the bay willow, and the whitebeam with its burst of scarlet berries in autumn.

Ground flora is varied too. Springtime bluebell and wood anemone give way to the pink of ragged robin, foxglove and dog rose as summer approaches. Autumn is the prime time for fungi, such as the spotted domes of the fly agaric, the frilly-rimmed petticoat mottlegill, and the luminous globules of the crystal brain, to name a few.

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Habitats

With rare ancient woodland and a variety of broadleaf and conifer trees, Uffmoor Wood has a range of habitats for wildlife.

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About Uffmoor Wood

History

The name of the site means 'Offa's moor'. King Offa ruled Mercia (middle England) from 757 until his death in 796.

The site had probably been wooded since the end of the last ice age, but during the 1970s most of it was felled and replanted with a conifer mix. Until 1978, it formed part of the estate of the 18th century Hagley Hall, but it was then sold to L G Harris & Co Ltd of Stoke Prior near Bromsgrove.

Since the we took over the site in 1986, the conifers have been thinned, particularly around remnants of ancient woodland, to allow the ground flora to regenerate.

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A lasting legacy

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Uffmoor Wood - Management plan

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Uffmoor Wood Management Plan

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