Explore the grounds of The Wolseley Centre

Explore The Wolseley Centre grounds

Something for everyone...

The Wolseley Centre is surrounded by 26 acres of wildlife-friendly grounds which are completely free to explore. Come along and experience many different wildlife habitats - including peaceful woodland, a colourful hay meadow, tranquil ponds and lakes and lush marshland - plus our display gardens. There is something for everyone to get close to wildlife at The Wolseley Centre.   

You can also attend a wild event at the centre, have fun on our play trail or relax and enjoy a picnic with lake views. We also have our new cafe which will be selling locally sourced products and homemade cake! 

*COVID 19 UPDATE: Our Wolseley grounds are now open but the centre and toilets remain closed (there are portaloos on site for emergencies).

We are pleased to announce that our Kingfisher Cafe is also back open.

Please read about our Wolseley Centre site changes here before your visit or see our Facebook page.

Head here https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/coronavirus for further Trust COVID 19 updates*

Our new-look centre

The Wolseley Centre, the Trust’s home since 2003, went though a re-development in 2019, which saw the creation of a new café with stunning views over the lake to enrich the visitor experience, a learning pod (launching  2020), new car park offering more spaces, improved interpretation and introducing new features across the well-visited site. The new-look centre opened on 15th May 2019. We hope you enjoy the changes as much as we are!

Funds raised from the centre will go towards helping the charity fulfil its vision of looking after Staffordshire's wildlife and wild places. 

Find out more here

Download our Wolseley Centre leaflet

The boardwalk at The Wolseley Centre

The boardwalk

A popular raised walkway that weaves above tranquil pools, bubbling streams and lush marshland, the boardwalk will bring you up close to water-loving wildlife.

Look out for water birds making their nests, frogs searching for a mate, and kingfishers swooping down for fish from the river. You can even enjoy a picnic on one of the two picnic benches on the boardwalk. 

Get involved - family

Events

We run lots of events throughout the year to get you exploring our wonderful grounds and learning about the wildlife that calls it home. From guided bat walks to pond dipping sessions there is something on for everyone. Check out our events programme for upcoming sessions and courses. 

Events

The wildlife garden

The wildlife garden at the Wolseley Centre is designed to give you lots of ideas about what you can do in your own garden to attract wildlife.

Be inspired by our wildlife pond, insect-friendly flower border, bird feeding station, bug hotel and environmentally-friendly vegetable beds.

Sensory garden at Wolseley

The sensory garden

Our sensory garden has been designed to stimulate the senses and contains plants that are highly scented, plants that rustle and plants that have interesting textures.

Many of the plants are in raised beds so they can be enjoyed by wheelchair users. The sensory garden is also a haven for wildlife, with our scented herbs attracting bumblebees in summer and the spiky heads of teasel offering seeds for birds during winter.

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Wildlife habitats

We've created a mini collection of the many different wildlife habitats that you can find in Staffordshire at The Wolseley Centre. There are areas of woodland, a hay meadow, a wet meadow, marshland, lakes and pools.

You will no doubt see lots of different wild creatures as you explore these habitats - from kingfishers on the river running through the wet meadow to dragonflies by the lakes and wildflowers in the woodland.

Don't miss out

Download a map of The Wolseley Centre below to make sure you don't miss out on anything! Of course you can always visit us again, there is just too much exploring to do in a day!

Download a map of The Wolseley Centre

Stunning sculptures

Hidden around our site are stunning wildlife sculptures. See how many you can find! They are certainly worth an Instagram selfie with

Accessibility

There are a network of paths around the Wolseley Centre which are generally flat and suitable for wheelchair and pushchairs users. The boardwalk is also suitable for wheelchair users. Some of the outer areas around the grounds, such as the wet meadow and hay meadow, are uneven and can get muddy. For more information on accessibility, call 01889 880100 or email info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk 

Dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome around the grounds.

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