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Hill Hook Local Nature Reserve
Grid Reference SK 105 003
Ward Sutton Four Oaks
Constituency Sutton Coldfield
Planning Authority Birmingham City Council
Location and Access:
Hill Hook is located approximately 400m south of Blake Street Station in the northern suburbs of Sutton Coldfield. Private residences border the reserve on all other sides except for a playing field to the southwest, currently leased by the local cricket club. Bradgate Drive is to the west, Sandhurst Road to the south, Balmoral Road to the east and Netherstone Grove to the northeast. There is pedestrian access to the LNR from Netherstone Grove, Bradgate Drive and Hill Hook Road.
Hill Hook is an outstanding site with a wide variety of habitats ranging from rough grassland, scrub and dry woodland to open water, marsh and alder carr woodland.
The City boundary forms the northern boundary of the LNR. A small stream, the Bourne Brook, runs from the southern most point to feed the Mill Pool. The brook itself continues northwards from the pool outflow and continues under Hill Hook Road and on to Blake Street.
The LNR is bordered on its eastern and western boundaries by residential development. To the south is more housing but much of this boundary borders the Sutton Four Oaks Cricket Club. To the north, between Hill Hook Road and Blake Street, is a large rectangle of land comprised of small pockets of woodland, scrub, grassland and tall herb. This part of the reserve is an important extension, linking the reserve to form a linear corridor to the golf course to the north and the surrounding countryside.
The main access points are off Netherstone Grove and Bradgate Drive, which runs a well-maintained hard surface path along the top of the dam, which dissects the site.
A brick built seating area and shrub beds mark the site of the old mill.