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Whitfield Valley
 
LNR Type: Urban
County: Staffordshire
Natural England
Regional Team:
West Midlands
Year of Declaration: 1991
Declaring Authority: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SJ 888 522
Location: Off Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 6
Owned by: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Managed by: Stoke-on-Trent City Council
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: A large number of footpaths run through the valley and you can gain access from various points on the housing areas of Chell Heath, Bradeley, Cornhill and Norton-in-the-Moors.

Chell Heath Road and Ford Green Road run along the west and south sides of the site respectively. These roads are well served by buses.

By car, from the A53, Leek New Road, turn onto Hanley Road and then onto Ford Green Road where there is a small car park by Ford Green Hall off this road.
Visitor facilities: Small car park. Paths are not surfaced and can be muddy in wet weather.
What to see: Whitfield Valley Local Nature Reserve is one of the largest reserves in the city and boasts a wide range of habitats. The Ford Green Brook flows through the site and there are patches of grassland, hay meadow, heathland, hedgerow, ponds and scattered trees. Ford Green Reedbed, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is located at the southern end of the nature reserve and many ducks and other water birds breed and overwinter here. At the northern end of the Reserve the spoil heap from the Chatterley Whitfield Colliery affords great views of the area and is colonised by bird-foot trefoil which supports the largest known colony of dingy skipper butterflies in the West Midlands. Skylark and grey partridge are often seen in the grasssland and barn owls and kestrels hunt across the valley. Other notable species include water vole, yellow rattle and snipe.
Volunteer and 'Friends of' groups: Whitfield Valley Wildlife Volunteers. They operate from the Pump House on the car park next to Ford Green Hall. For more information please contact the Council on 01782 234234 for details.

Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Parks and Open Spaces Department,
Stoke-on-Trent City Council,
Civic Centre,
Glebe Street,
Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1HH

Telephone: +44 (0)1782 234234

Email: enquiries@stoke.gov.uk.

Website address and other links: Here is a link to the web page listing all the nature reserves managed by Stoke on Trent City Council:
www.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/leisure/parks-and-open-spaces/nature-reserves/

Details for Whitfield Valley Local Nature Reserve can be found at:
www.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/content/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-open-spaces/whitfield-valley-local-nature-reserve.en

alternatively try www.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/portal/ and search for Whitfield Valley.

last updated 11.10.13
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