Wednesfield’s Local Nature Reserve- The Curley Wurley!

The good old ‘Curley Wurley’ looking good. In this photo you can see why the old timers who used the canal, called it the ‘Curley Wurly’ as you can see two bends in this photograph. It is more than 225 years old, and used to be a prime route for moving Coal from the South Staffordshire Coal Pits to the Black Country urban area.

Now a much valued designated Local Nature Reserve declared in 2017, it is a very valued local amenity. Some real British iconic wildlife use it as a ‘wildlife highway’. Badgers, Fox, Otter, Kingfisher, Heron.

I am keen to read about what else have you seen, and even perhaps photographed? Please let me know!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more