The green island rising from a sea of housing that you see today has been used by man for many centuries, but time and nature have begun to disguise the scars of its industrial past and clothe the worked out quarries and hollows in grassland and ash woodland.
The fossils found in the limestone of Wren’s Nest have made it an internationally important site for geology. The most famous fossil is the trilobite known as the “Dudley Bug”, which was used as the centrepiece of the town’s coatof-arms. The same limestone rock has given rise to the distinct range of habitats and species of plants and animals that are found on the Nature Reserve today.
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Discover Dudley - Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve
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