What is the project about?
Coalface to Wildspace is a new, exciting project, fully funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and focusing on the areas of Walsall and Birmingham over the next three years.
There has previously been very little focus on amphibian and reptile conservation in this region so this project will be about raising awareness through public engagement and improving habitats as well as there being attention on local heritage.
What are the aims?
We will be working with local communities to improve habitats for reptiles and amphibians and wider wildlife through the creation of Neighbourhood Wildlife Corridors. This will involve working with people to create homes for wildlife in urban areas, linking up some of the green spaces in Walsall.
We aim to educate about local heritage relating to the history and geology of Walsall with regard to the species that now share this space with people and the species that used to live there.
What will we be doing?
We will be running wildlife gardening workshops across the region. This will involve working in eight neighborhoods across Walsall to create wildlife corridors to improve the area for amphibians and reptiles.
We are creating an exciting digital film on local geological, natural, and social history and will be holding film screenings at local schools and community venues. The film will be focusing on the history and heritage present under the surface of the current visible landscape and connecting this to our 8 key sites and the wildlife that now lives there, particularly reptiles and amphibians.
We will be running workshops across the region to build models out of Lego, reflecting the different stages presented in the film. The Lego models will be judged by paleologists and will go on tour to different venues before finding permanent homes within the communities that built them.
The final phase of the project will involve the creation of Speaking Sculptures. We will run community workshops to identify local wildlife ‘jewels’, meaning places that people associate with the sites. This will be followed by the creation of wildlife focused sculptures that will live on each site. Each sculpture will have a QR code linking to a soundscape for people to enjoy.
The sculptures will be unveiled at celebration festivals at each site toward the end of the project.
You can see our key sites as red pins here:
How to get involved
There are several ways you can get involved, from volunteering on our key sites to attending our workshops or hosting a screening of our film.
If you’d like to get involved, or simply be kept in the loop about upcoming project news and events, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the email address provided below. We will be releasing more information about our film and workshops soon.
Please get in touch with our Project Manager Christina.Nijjar@froglife.org
With thanks to our funders