River Rea Flood Walk Feb 2013

Notes/Links for a ‘Flood River Walk along the Rea’
Cannon Hill – Selly Park – Moor Green – Stirchley

Compiled 2011- Revised for Feb 2013 Walk. cannonhillfriend@aol.com

'A Lost Landscape' - Mathew Boulton's love of Birmingham Heath - between the growing town and his factory by Soho Pool in Handsworth. (written 2009 by Shena Mason, Val Loggie and Phillida Ballard)
'Sexing the Plants' - article by Jenny Uglow, in The Guardian 2002, with a reappraisal of Erasmus Darwin who brought Natural History science studies to Birmingham Lunar Society.

For a look at Birmingham’s Georgian and Regency Town at the time of Industrial growth see

The opening of Calthorpe Park by the Prince of Wales 150yrs ago and the early use of Cannon Hill & Calthorpe Park in the new suburban Birmingham begins our social history of local Peoples Parks
'Curlew Country' - Staffordshire Blog web site following Local Heritage Lottery Project about the Staffs Moorland habitat and this bird.
Find Wild Flowers celebrated in different counties of England – and why the Foxglove is linked to Birmingham. But how many native flowers are we losing?

Our Cannon Hill Peoples Park web site - paths of local Discovery, Heritage and Observation
www.cannonhillpeoplespark.net (including seasonal Wildlife Diary and blog 2008-2013 >

The beloved River Rea, with Rea Valley Interactive Map and Heritage Trail starting at Cannon Hill Park. See Resouces> Environmental plant archaeology from Longbridge to the Bull Ring.

OPAL Open Air natural Labs - with neighbourhood and national partners
www.opalexplorenature.org Big Lottery 2008-13 and www.opalwestmidlands.org
iSpot - OPAL Biodiversity Survey: have you spotted? what other type of support is good for you, and seasonal observations? Feedback here and to our Peoples Wildlife website Blog -

Description of the new Park in Birkenhead (1840) designed by Joseph Paxton, with apprentice John Gibson, by Frederick Olmsted an American Farmer. Olmsted went on to design Central Park New York, while John Gibson designed Battersea Park(1860) & Cannon Hill Park (1873).
Kings Norton and Northfield Urban District History - prior to Birminghamham Boundary Extension 1911 two thirds of Cannon Hill Park was in Worcestershire.
History of Cannon Hill Fields, and Map of 1921 showing Moor Green Mill and Mill Race coming off the river Rea
Moor Green Forge and Mill from Tudor times, also known as Farmons Mill
Floods in Selly Park and Pebble Mill Fields 2007/08- taken by Residents Flood Action Group

For a collection of flooding pictures from up and down the River Rea in 2012, see
Edible Foraging YouTube video with Alys Fowler along Moor Green and Selly Park river banks

Style of Prefab Houses erected beside the Rea in Moor Green and Hazelwell 1944
Learning more about Birmingham Prefab houses and building science -
Vimeo of Planting on the Fields and Woodland edge, with residents interviews
Dogpool and Ten Acres History
Invasive non-native plant species are a threat to native wildflowers along the Rea. They’ve increased since the 1960’s. Help track them –
Wild Angelika, grown on local allotments has an interesting history – see Kew Gardens listing
Bumblebee Conservation, a Heritage Lottery funded Community Project. (see also OPAL Buzz)
Media Archive for Central England, MACE helped Park Friends make local history movies –
* Shows of two films during February half term: ‘Breathing Places’ and Birmingham Weather’

Univ of Birmingham VISTA Research – GIS Projects including Climate Change

Friends of Hazelwell Park, Birds Survey Jan 2011 and Spring 2013 programme of activities

Research is on-going – help add to our notes on the River Rea and its natural learning courses.