Prees Heath East
Know before you go
Parking informationPark in unofficial lay-by on south side of reserve on Ash Lane.
A sign marks the entrance on to the reserve. It can be located opposite the parking layby.
Entrances are open and surfaces are flat, firm and free draining. The site has been used for (illegal) motorbike scrambling. The bracken can encroach on paths in the summer
When to visit
Opening timesAll year
Best time to visitSummer
About the reserve
Prees Heath East is an extension of the nationally important Prees Heath Common, which is owned and managed by Butterfly Conservation for the Silver-studded blue butterfly and was considered the last site in the West Midlands to find them. The extension has been purchased to act as a satellite site for the butterfly, supplying additional suitable habitat for them to thrive in.
Before the purchase, the site was used as an off-road biking trail , which caused erosion and degraded the condition of the site for butterflies. The plan now is to reduce the dominance of the bracken cover and to try to establish heather cut from Prees Heath which will further benefit the Silver-studded blues.