The Wolseley Centre
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hidden around our site are stunning wildlife sculptures. See how many you can find!
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. Please note that some of the paths around the can be uneven and boggy so suitable sturdy footwear is recommended. We’d highly recommend calling into our visitor centre so our friendly team can talk you through the walks and let you know about our current trails. For more information on accessibility before your visit call us on 01889 880100 or email [email protected]
Dogs on leads are welcome around the grounds.