The Buckpool and Fens Pools Nature Reserve is a wildlife haven flourishing in the very heart of the industrial Black Country. Canals, pools, ponds, streams, grassland and scrub combine to make this area unique in Dudley.
If you could be taken back 100 years, it would be a very different picture. At that time there were still working collieries at the Dell, on the Leys and the Wallows and around Grove and Middle Pools. There were claypits where Middle Pool and the Farmer's Pond are today, and a huge brickworks on The Leys. The Pensnett Railway ran between Middle and Fens Pools, bringing coal from the Earl of Dudley’s Baggeridge pits to the Round Oak Iron and Steel Works, whose blast furnaces lit up the night sky for miles around.
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