Practical conservation tasks are held at Dosthill Park LNR on the first Sunday of each month from 10am – 1pm. Meet in the car park opposite the Dorcas Centre, off Blackwood Road.

Dosthill Park is located at SK 211 006, 3km to the south of Tamworth town
centre and occupies the land between the A51 (Tamworth Road) and the River
Tame. Most of the land to the north and east has been developed for housing
and the site is bordered by privately owned fields to the east and south and
by a disused sports field to the southwest. The north of the site contains a
children's play area.

Dosthill Park is approximately 12ha and can be divided into four
compartments :

. Compartment 1 - The eastern brook is the most easterly point of the
site. It lies to the west of the A51 and to the east of the children's play
area. The eastern brook is fed by run-off off from the Cottage Farm Estate
and the A51 and takes a great deal of grey water during periods of heavy
rainfall.

. Compartment 2 - This is the central section of the site, which lies
to the west of compartment 1 and the children's play area. It is primarily
unimproved neutral grassland with pockets of hedgerows and areas of parkland
woodland. The hedgerows, most of which were planted, contain oak, sycamore,
hawthorn, elder, blackthorn and holly. The parkland trees include oak,
horse chestnut and more recently planted woodland copses. This section also
contains a strip of land to the north, which runs alongside Dosthill Hall,
and comprises a path to the housing estate and a steep bank down to the
River Tame.

. Compartment 3 - This lies to the west of compartments 1 and 2 and
borders a stretch of the River Tame to the north. It comprises the western
brook, marshy grassland, wet woodland and a broadleaf plantation woodland.
The brook is fed by run-off from surrounding fields, which fuels the marshy
grassland and wet woodland, before flowing into the River Tame. The
plantation woodland contains crack willow, horse chestnut, cherry and field
maple.

. Compartment 4 - The riverside meadow lies to the west of
compartments 1, 2 and 3. It comprises an area of unimproved grassland with
bordering hedgerows and drains to the south and east and the River Tame to
the North. The network of streams and drains in this compartment provide a
valuable habitat for wetland species such as meadowsweet, cuckooflower and
marsh marigold.

. Compartments 3 & 4 (and the northern strip in compartment 2) border
a section of the River Tame running 411m long.

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