Declared as a Local Nature Reserve in 2020, Ketley Paddock Mound is a treasured 4.9 hectare site in the heart of Ketley. Completely surrounded by housing it provides a haven for wildlife and provides far reaching views of the surrounding countryside.
Things to see and do
It was formed by coal and iron ore working in the 18th century but nature has now reclaimed the abandoned pit mounds. The vegetation is predominantly mixed woodland of oak and birch and acidic grassland. The site also has three bodies of water, the largest of which is the remnant of the former Ketley Canal. At the summit of the main southern mound the grass is kept short, providing a large play and reception area.
The area is a haven for wildlife with sightings of moth, bats, pond life including smooth newts, toads, great diving beetle, damselfly nymphs, three spine stickleback, caddis fly larvae as well as sightings of tawny owl and hedgehog.
We want everyone to be safe when visiting our sites that have water features within them.
We work closely with the Royal Life Saving Society on managing water safety on our sites and further details on advice can be found on the RLSS website.
When visiting this site, here are a few tips to keep safe around the water:
- keep out of the water at all times
- never allow children to play near the water unless accompanied by an adult
- don't run near the water, you may trip and fall in
- learn how to help in an emergency; if you see someone in trouble in the water never jump in yourself. Stay calm and phone for help. Some sites across the borough have water safety sites and equipment, please only use the equipment when required.
Ketley Paddock Mound
Car parks are located at the Ketley Community Centre/The Arts Centre Telford, TF1 5AN.
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Last updated: 16/06/2023 09:09