Amazing wildlife photography on display in Oak House

Check out these wonderful photos taken of the nature in Sandwell Valley.

Amazing wildlife photography on display in Oak House

Oak House Museum visitor services officer Jessica Hoyle admires the collection

Stunning swans, beautiful butterflies and wonderful wildlife – these picture-perfect scenes at a well-known beauty spot have been captured on camera.

And now this collection of photographs has become the focus of a new exhibition which has opened at a popular attraction in West Bromwich.

Sandwell Valley forms the backdrop for the images with keen countryside enthusiasts able to keep an eye out for the scenes and wildlife captured.

West Midlands based photographers Alan Pendleton and Phil Dodd are behind the project documenting life in the valley and at Forge Mill Lake local nature reserve.

The exhibition, called Sandwell Valley in Focus, has been launched at Oak House museum and is open to the public over the coming weeks. The photographers say: “Over the years we have found Sandwell valley both challenging and rewarding with its variety of nature on show.

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“This collection of images shows what can be seen, if you stand for a while and look.”

Forge Mill Lake forms part of the RSPB reserve which is home to many species of birds and wildlife which can be spotted while on countryside walks and from numerous hides on the site.

And the photographers, who have been friends for around 30 years, have been able to snap a variety of breathtaking images while on visits to the reserve.

More than 40 images have been displayed at the Grade II* listed former manor house in Oak Road, which museum staff have showcased today.

Hedgerows full of wildlife, flocks of ducks, geese, swans and lapwings can be seen at the 63-hectare reserve, especially from the Lakeside Lookout.

Oak House is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday between 2pm and 5pm. Visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/museumevents for updates on events.

The exhibition is running into the summer, so you’ve got no excuse not to make time. 

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