This aspect of the Wom Brook is viewed looking downstream in a westerly direction, towards the point where the Wom Brook completes its journey through Wombourne, where the Bridgnorth Road ( B 4176) passes above it.

At this particular section, the Brook flow has slowed, compared with where it commences its journey through the village (under the A449). This reduction in flow is clearly evidenced in the above photograph by the increased amount of plant life that has become established in and along this particular stretch. These colonies of plants not only provide a constant source of oxygen for the water, but also provide shelter and a habitat for a rich variety of small animal life.

6 Replies to “Poolhouse”

  1. What a great blog! I’ve got a similar passion for Stagg’s Brook which runs through Whitchurch in Shropshire, and I go check out the water voles there every few days. Hope you sort out your mink problem soon!

  2. Many thanks for your kind comment Kate-I organise the weblog (aka blog) for the local voluntary environmental conservation group, the ‘Friends of Wom Brook’, which works closely and very successfully with South Staffordshire District Council.

    Has your local district council up in Whitchurch a similar policy to support local conservation groups? We too keep a close watch on our elusive water voles-a task made easier by the fact there are about half a dozen of us working together, helping to clear rubbish and debris from the Brook (and we can often call on others, including some of the young people of the village) -we usually meet every couple of months, and often more regularly informally.

  3. I’m not sure. We have an official Whitchurch Water Vole group, and the leader of that liaises with the council (I’m just a lowly member and I can’t always make the meetings as I work away a lot).

    But it’s a much wider area than the Stagg’s Brook we survey; the Stagg’s Brook is more of a personal interest. I litter-pick on my own every so often. It’s a beautiful spot once you’ve removed the rubbish, and I saw a vole down there tonight eating water cress. Fantastic!

  4. Yes, agreed it is fantastic when you get to see a water vole in its natural habitiat. The set-up in Whitchurch sounds very similar to ours-a few of us get together a couple of times a month to clear the Wom Brook of litter or natural debris which accumulates after a heavy rainstorm.

    Hopefully we’ll be able to share thoughts between both our groups!

  5. http://www.woodlanereserve.co.uk/watervoles.htm

    This is us, Geraint, though we don’t have a blog. White Lion Meadow (see ‘Sightings’) is where I go and litter-pick and watch the voles as much as I can – sounds an idyllic place if you go by the name but actually it’s between Tesco’s, a car park and the swimming baths! Good for the voles, though, as there aren’t many predators in the middle of town.

  6. Thank you for sharing your group’s website with us-this is indeed a very useful link, and it is clear that both our groups share some common talking points. We too were filmed by the BBC during August (if you look back in the August entries you’ll see a few entries relating to that day of filming). BBC Midlands Today has also based a local weather broadcast from the Wom Brook, which also featured our water voles.

    Thank you again for alerting us to your web site.

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