Wyken Croft Nature ParkParks & Walks
- All the family
- Under 5s
- School age
Wyken Croft Nature Park is an open green space along the river Sowe, which is rich with wildlife. It is popular with dog walkers, joggers, and families looking for somewhere to explore.
Wyken Croft Nature Park
Wyken Croft Nature Park is Coventry's first ecological park. It was created by Coventry City Council as part of a Department of Environment reclamation scheme, and has involved top soiling to new contours, landscaping, planting native trees and wild flowers. The park lies over what was once a coal mining area, Craven Colliery, and in the 1950's and 60s the site was used as a refuse tip. What you now see is an example of the City Council's far sighted commitment to Conservation.
The Sowe Valley Footpath
Wyken Croft Nature Park is on the Sowe Valley Footpath - a lovely riverside stroll along an 8 1⁄2 mile route. You can find all the details here.
Wildlife at Wyken Croft Nature Park
The sedge warbler likes dense vegetation close to damp areas, and is known to breed near a small pond to the south-east of the site. It is a Summer visitor, living here from April to September and spending the Winter in tropical Africa. It eats insects such as flies and gnats, and its 'song' is a varied mixture of sweet and harsh sounds. Cuckoos quite often lay their eggs in sedge warblers nests.