New Lount Nature Reserve is 48 acres of woodland planted with native trees on the site of New Lount Colliery which operated between 1924 and 1968. The slag heaps have been largely smoothed out, though there is still a hill with a lake at the top which is home to fish, amphibians and dragonflies, including chasers.
There are a number of well-marked footpaths, meadows and picnic areas. There is also a variety of wild flowers - orchids and so on.
Despite burgeoning wildlife you can still see some of the rail sidings and other evidence of mining. Newbold Heritage Group created an Industrial Heritage Trail with information boards at interesting places. More about the trail >>
Wild flowers at New Lount