Cannon Hill

Live Twitter feeds and wildlife blog

We have added two new live Twitter feeds: one to the park homepage and another to the wildlife pages. Keep an eye on both for updates on events, activities, plans, wildlife sightings and the like.

We have also moved the wildlife blog from its old site to this one. The old blog page will be retained as an archive.

New sound gallery now available

We have just created a new gallery of sound. There are not very many files available at the moment, but we have uploaded a range of the common bird songs heard in the park. We will be adding more as we get good quality recordings.


Summer Solar Festival 2009 - a day in pictures

For our Solar Festival 2009 Birmingham Astronomer John Dee recreated William Herschel's experiment for the Lunar Society in 1800 with thermometers to show Infrared Radiation, and also the range of instruments used by the new scientists in homes such as Boulton's Soho House.

And the Shango Science Club of teenagers showed the plates they created specially for our solar picnic, revealing the summer triangle of stars and constellations most prominent in the sky from June to September.

Whilst others were happy to taste the range of Planets Suite Pancakes created by Cyrdric.

The Cannon Hill Camera Obscura, made by Tim Holgate's Pinhole Solutions, was very popular again....

...but what is that Green Planet floating over the Lake?

Most eyes were on the Sun all day using four Solar Telescopes, and other pieces of the Bham Astronomy Roadshow which will be at Sutton Park in August and back in Cannon Hill for our Winter Lanterns Festival on 12 December.

Further astronomical events in ITA 2009 are on and there is more photo fun from a shoe box to Camera Obscura at


Join Birmingham Astronomy Society, Ishango Sun-Trek Cadets and Park Friends to celebrate the Summer Solstice and Birmingham International Year of Astronomy.


King Edwards Girls Making Pebble Wool Fulling Mill History Live

The local school History reenactment group (Photograph: Jill Ella) helped tell part of the Five Mills history of Cannon Hill story by focusing on the Rea - Wool Fulling and finishing at Pebble Mill in the 1600s. The local wool for the industry went from sheep on Cannon Hill Meadows, to be woven and improved at the Mill,  with the cloth eventually stretched over frames 'on tenterhooks'.

The Five Mills Trail including Pebble Mill and Edgbaston Mill is available on the Discovery pages, or from the Park Information Centre at the Garden Tea Room.

Other pictures of the Breathing Spaces ' Water for Life' Festival can be found on the BBC Bham website: