Friends of Kings Norton Nature Reserve

   FKNNR is registered as a charity (number 1122293).







Kings Norton Local Nature Reserve is part of a ribbon of open space along the River Rea between Northfield and the historic village of Kings Norton, easily accessible by public transport and including part of the Rea Valley Cycle Route. Once part of a system of canal feeder reservoirs, mill races and other water courses, including one of Birmingham’s few rivers, the area is now a haven of wildlife in a variety of habitats: wetland, riverbanks, open water areas, meadows and grazing.

The site was formally designated as a Local Nature Reserve by English Nature in 2005, and a City-led Management Committee, bringing together representatives of local voluntary organisations (including the Friends), statutory authorities and other relevant bodies and individuals, reviews progress and value for money against a 5-year Management Plan which aims to enhance the site’s habitats and species diversity for the benefit of both wildlife and the local community.

The Friends group undertakes regular practical work, through weekly “Tuesday WorkOut” working parties and frequent clean-up days. They have been successful in obtaining a number of grants to develop the site, and are a registered charity (number 1122293). A long term Strategic Plan, setting out our aspirations for the further enhancement and development of the site and, we hope, further areas of the Rea corridor both up and down stream, was agreed by the Management Committee in June 2007, while our
Vision Statement was published in the 2009 - 2013 Management Plan. A new Management Plan for 2014 - 2018 is awaited, but held up by reduced staffing levels of the City's Ranger Service.

Note Cards from the Reserve - click here for details

Alistair Howard has produced a couple of over head views of the Nature reserve from a 'quad copter': Click here for Session1 and Session2