View details of the proposed Local Nature Reserve and how to make comments

The Canal & River Trust, City of Wolverhampton Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council have been working together to designate a new Black Country Wyrley and Essington Canal Local Nature Reserve (LNR).  The new LNR will cover the Wyrley and Essington Canal corridor, stretching from Wolverhampton City Centre to the edge of Walsall, and limited areas of adjoining land.












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A Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a publicly accessible site which is locally important for wildlife, education and enjoyment.  LNRs are typically owned and managed by the local Council.  This LNR is unique as the majority is owned and managed by the Canal and River Trust, with areas of adjoining land owned and managed by City of Wolverhampton Council and Walsall Council.  The three partners are committed to jointly manage the LNR for wildlife, education and enjoyment purposes for at least 21 years.  A draft Management Plan has been produced for the new Local Nature Reserve, which is available to view below.

Draft Management Plan

Ecological surveys have been completed which provide detailed information on the wildlife value of the Canal corridor.

Wolverhampton ecological survey report

Public Consultation

We are seeking views and comments on the draft Management Plan for a six week period.  Please submit any comments to: or send by post to: Wyrley & Essington Canal LNR Consultation, Planning Section, City of Wolverhampton Council, Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton  WV1 1RP by Friday 5th May 2017.  Please provide your name, address and email address and explain as fully as possible any proposed changes, together with the reasons for the changes.  It may help you to refer to Natural England's guidance on designating Local Nature Reserves, which is available below:

LNR Guidelines

The consultation responses received will be brought together in a summary document and used to make amendments to the Management Plan, where appropriate.

The next stage will be to formally designate the Local Nature Reserve, by taking separate reports to City of Wolverhampton Cabinet and Walsall Cabinet during the summer, submitting a declaration document to Natural England and publishing a notice in a local paper.

If you have any queries please contact Michele Ross, Senior City Planner on 01902 554038.