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Nature+%26+Wildlife+around+Birmingham+and+the+West+Midlands
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Nature & Wildlife around Birmingham and the West Midlands

From scarce mammals like water voles and polecats to dragonflies and kingfishers, and a huge variety of plant life, there is much to treasure and so many places to visit across the city.

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Passions: Environment & green action, People & community, Rivers, lakes & canals, Green open spaces
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Aston Villa Academy - Community engagement

Aston Villa Football Club are bringing forward plans for a state-of-the-art football academy that will enable the club to grow its youth training programme within inner-city Birmingham.

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Passions: Construction & regeneration, Sport & leisure
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Birmingham+-+A+wonderful+city+with+a+great+mix+of+amazing+historic+buildings
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Birmingham - A wonderful city with a great mix of amazing historic buildings

Here, through features, galleries, maps and tours, we'd like to introduce you to some of the wonderful historic builds and architecture on show in and across Birmingham. 

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Passions: History & heritage
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Public Art in and across Birmingham

Art is great for the soul and mind! Enjoy this feature with our community of people with passion who love their art and love to showcase what's on show across their city for all to enjoy.

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Passions: Art; Culture & creativity
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Public Squares across Birmingham

Birmingham’s impressive public squares are so important to the City and are much admired by both visitors and people who live in Birmingham. Take our feature for more.

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Passions: Civic pride, Art; Culture & creativity, Modern Architecture, Classic Architecture
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Street Art across Birmingham, UK

Birmingham, in particular Digbeth and Southside, has one of the greatest collections of street art to be found anywhere in the world. Take our feature with trails and gallery - enjoy!

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Passions: Art; Culture & creativity, Photography
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Parks+and+Open+Spaces+-+Birmingham+loves+them!
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Parks and Open Spaces - Birmingham loves them!

In and around Birmingham, there is so much to enjoy with great parks, open spaces, canals, nature and wildlife. There are so many spaces for people to visit and enjoy.

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Passions: Environment & green action
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Birmingham+-+A+wonderful+city+with+a+great+mix+of+amazing+modern+architecture
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Birmingham - A wonderful city with a great mix of amazing modern architecture

Let us introduce you to the creativity of Birmingham's architects and the wonderful modern architecture through features, galleries and maps and tours. 

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Passions: Modern Architecture
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Canals+in+and+around+Birmingham+-+enjoy+them!
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Canals in and around Birmingham - enjoy them!

Birmingham is often referred to as being at the heart of Britain’s canal network. With over 100 miles of canals to explore, it’s easy to see why so take our feature and enjoy!

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Passions: Rivers, lakes & canals
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Small+Heath+Park%2c+Birmingham+-+A+wonderful+open+space!
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Small Heath Park, Birmingham - A wonderful open space!

Small Heath, which has been settled and used since Roman times, sits on top of a small hill. Located on the Coventry Road on the number 60 bus route from National Express West Midlands.

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Great+Hampton+Street+and+surrounding+area+-+showcased+by+young+people+of+Birmingham
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Great Hampton Street and surrounding area - showcased by young people of Birmingham

This is an amazing initiative involving students from South & City College engaged by Cordia Blackswan to record the sights around Great Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter. 

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Passions: History & heritage, Construction & regeneration, Classic Architecture
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The+Bartons+Arms+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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The Bartons Arms - A Birmingham Gem!

The Bartons Arms in Aston, Birmingham is one of the finest examples of Victorian pub architecture and has one of the most beautiful pub interiors in the country.

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Passions: History & heritage, Food & drink, Classic Architecture
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The Gilders Yard, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, UK - Placemaking with Community

The Gilders Yard is being redeveloped to provide 158 high-quality new rental homes, together with 10,000 sq ft of impressive commercial spaces.

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Passions: History & heritage, Construction & regeneration, Modern Architecture
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Heaton+House+Lofts%2c+Camden+Street%2c+Jewellery+Quarter%2c+Birmingham%2c+UK+-+Construction+with+Community
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Heaton House Lofts, Camden Street, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, UK - Construction with Community

Retention and conversion of a 1795-built, Grade II listed Villa, Heaton House, and the construction of four new builds providing 56 new homes.

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Passions: Construction & regeneration
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Edgbaston+Tunnel+-+A+Historic+Gem!
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Edgbaston Tunnel - A Historic Gem!

The Edgbaston Tunnel is on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. It is next to a tunnel on the Cross City Line, they both run under Church Road in Edgbaston. The towpath was widened in 2018.

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Passions: History & heritage, Transport, Rivers, lakes & canals
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Curzon+Street+Tunnel+-+a+Historic+Gem!
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Curzon Street Tunnel - a Historic Gem!

The Curzon Street Tunnel was built over the Digbeth Branch Canal in 1838. The engineer was J. Locke. It provided access above to the original Curzon Street Station. It is 49 yards long.

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The Memorial Cross - a Bournville Gem!

The Memorial Cross - a Bournville Gem!

 

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The Green at Willow Road - a Bournville Gem!

The Green at Willow Road

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South+%26+City+College+Birmingham%3a+Longbridge+Campus+(Bournville+College)+-+A+Birmingham+Gem!
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South & City College Birmingham: Longbridge Campus (Bournville College) - A Birmingham Gem!

Bournville College moved to Longbridge in 2011, on part of the former MG Rover car plant site (closed in 2005). Merged with South & City College Birmingham in 2017. Renamed in 2020.

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Passions: Education, Modern Architecture
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Midland+Metro+-+Eastside+extension+from+Bull+Street+to+Digbeth
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Midland Metro - Eastside extension from Bull Street to Digbeth

Here we follow developments on the Midland Metro in Birmingham during the extension from Bull Street (at the Delta Junction with Corporation Street) to Digbeth (High Street Deritend).

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Passions: Construction & regeneration, Transport
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The+Lego+Giraffe+-+Public+Art+in+the+City!
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The Lego Giraffe - Public Art in the City!

This public art is a full size giraffe made of yellow, brown and black oversized Lego bricks and it can be found outside the Legoland Discovery Centre at the Utilita Arena.

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Passions: Art; Culture & creativity, Travel & tourism
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Lifford Hall - A Birmingham Hidden Gem!

Lifford Hall is situated on Tunnel Lane near Lifford Reservoir in Lifford, Birmingham. Hidden away behind a gate, and dates to the early 17th century, with an 18th century watch tower (folly).

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King Edward VI Aston School - A Birmingham Gem!

King Edward VI Aston School is one of the schools founded in 1883 of the Foundation of King Edward VI, but the only one to still be on it's original site near Aston Hall & Park.

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King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools - A Birmingham Gem!

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys was founded at Camp Hill in 1883. Shortly afterwards it was joined by the girls school. The schools relocated to Kings Heath in the mid to late 1950s.

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King Edward VI Five Ways School - A Birmingham Gem!

King Edward VI Five Ways School  was originally founded at Five Ways in 1883, but relocated to a site in Bartley Green in 1958 (near Bartley Reservoir), about 5 to 7 miles away.

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