The West Midlands

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West Midlands Geodiversity Partnership

The West Midlands

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This is the western region of central England which borders Wales. It comprises the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire and contains the second largest British city, Birmingham. The region is geologically and geomorphologically diverse.

The region contains rock strata detailing more than 700 million years of Earth history. It contains the longest river in the UK, the River Severn, traversing the region in a southeasterly direction, flowing east from Wales through the county town of Shrewsbury and then turns south and west to flow through the county town of Worcester. The Ironbridge Gorge UNESCO world heritage site lies on its course at Telford.

Staffordshire is home to the industrialised Potteries conurbation, including the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and the Staffordshire Moorlands area, which borders the southeastern Peak District National Park near Leek. The region also encompasses five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Warwickshire is home to the town of Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of poet William Shakespeare. Shropshire and Staffordshire were the home counties of Charles Darwin and his family.The Black Country was the birthplace and training ground of Abraham Darby, and hosts the UK’s first ever National Nature Reserve for Ancient rocks and fossils (the Wrens Nest). The Black Country in the West Midlands was the first industrial area of the world as a direct consequence of the interaction of man with the local geology. The region hosts many sites of global significance for natural history and culture.


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