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Friends of Balaam’s Wood is a group which helps maintain and preserve the Balaam’s Wood Local Nature Reserve in Frankley.

Here they write a little about what they do.

Balaam’s wood is 6.5 acres of ancient oak woodland with the River Rea running through the Rubery Lane side. Beyond the woodland is a grassland of roughly the same size.  In 2008 the combined area became a local nature reserve; Balaam’s Wood LNR. The reserve is a public open space for all the community to use and enjoy, it is also pretty flat so accessible to the less able.
The nature reserve is a haven for wildlife, there are many different bird species and are blessed with a beautiful display of bluebells each spring.
The Friends of Balaam’s Wood started over 10 years ago, at the time the woodland suffered from fly-tipping and there were other local issues that galvanised residents to do something for the woodland on their doorstep. The friends group is totally voluntary and there is no membership fee; residents just come along and give as much, or as little, time as they can.
The friends group works very closely with the Birmingham City Council Ranger Service and other BCC officers. We are a member of many other groups; these include the Birmingham Open Spaces Forum and the Northfield Constituency Environmental Forum. At present we have an enthusiastic bunch of local BCC apprentices helping on site.
We hold events throughout the year that fall roughly into two catagories;  ‘join in’ or ‘come and see’. The ‘join in’ events include holly cutting and bulb planting; while the ‘come and see’ include bat walks. Recently we planted daffodil bulbs on the nature reserve and around the new Frankley Christmas tree. This spring we are looking forward to a ‘Bat & Moth’ night on Saturday 21st May.
As a friends groups we are open to all who share our aims and aspirations; to care for and improve this lovely woodland.
Balaam’s Wood LNR is situated between Rubery Lane and New Street, Frankley. You can find our noticeboard at the entrance on Rubery Lane (just past the junction with Parkway).
If you want to volunteer or find out more you can contact them:
t: 0121 453 3396
twitter: @balaamswood

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