AN HISTORIC strip of farmland has become a haven for rare wildlife.
For several years, the Park Hall Nature Reserve, near Castle Bromwich, had been neglected but its fortunes have been reversed by a series of conservation projects.
Volunteers have worked to reclaim the farmland - creating wildlife habitat, carrying out surveys and keeping the shrubland in check.
Now the area has become the home of otters, water voles, great crested newts and other threatened species.
A herd of English Longhorn cattle also graze on the site - which contains some of the country’s oldest woodland.
But the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is keen to build on the work and is calling for more volunteers.
Luke Neil, from the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham & Black Country, said: “Across the West Midlands, thousands of people already volunteer their time to help look after the region’s wildlife and landscapes and more are always welcome.
“We really can offer something for everyone.
“It doesn’t matter what your fitness level or if you live in the inner city or more rural parts of the region, you will find something to suit you.”
The Wildlife Trust are holding a number of practical volunteer days at Park Hall over the coming months.
If you’d like to get involved call 0121 454 1199 or visit www.bbcwildlife.org.uk.