Wast Midlands (coonty)
The Wast Midlands (Inglis: West Midlands) is a metropolitan coonty in wastren central Ingland wi a 2009 estimatit population o 2,638,700. It came intae existence as a metropolitan coonty in 1974 efter the passage o the Local Govrenment Act 1972, formed frae pairts o Staffordshire, Worcestershire an Warwickshire. The coonty itsel is a NUTS 2 region athin the wider NUTS 1 region of the same name. The county consists of seiven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry an the City of Wolverhampton, plus Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull an Walsall. The Wast Midlands Coonty Cooncil wis abolished on 31 Mairch 1986, an so its destricts (the metropolitan boroughs) are nou effectively unitary authorities. Houesomeivver, the metropolitan coonty continues tae exist in law an as a geographic frame o reference.
The coonty is sometimes describit as the "Wast Midlands metropolitan aurie" or the "Wast Midlands conurbation", although these hae different, an less clearly defined, bundaries. The main conurbation, or urban aurie, does no include Coventry for example. The name "Wast Midlands" is an aa uised for the hintle lairger Wast Midlands region, which sometimes causes confusion.
The West Midlands Coonty is ane o the maist hivily urbanised coonties in the UK. Birmingham, Wolverhampton, the Black Country an Solihull thegither form the maist muckle conurbation in the Unitit Kinrick ootside Lunnon, wi a combined population o aroond 2.27 million. Housomeibver, the Wast Midlands is no entirely urban; Coventry is separatit frae the Wast Midlands conurbation bi a stretch o green belt land roughly 15 miles (24 km) athort, kent as the "Meriden Gap", which retains a strangly rural character. A smawer piece o green belt atween Birmingham, Walsall an Wast Bromwich includes Barr Beacon an the Sandwell Valley.
The heichest point in the Wast Midlands is Turners Hill, wi a height o 271 m (889 ft). The hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Barr Beacon is anither hill in the Wast Midlands, locatit on the border o Birmingham an Walsall, wi a height o 227 m (745 ft).
There are 23 Steids o Special Scientific Interest in the coonty. Ane o these SSSIs is Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield, which haes an aurie o 970 hectares (2,400 acres). As a result, it is ane o the lairgest urban pairks in Europe, an the lairgest ootside o a caipital ceety in Europe. The pairk an aa haes National Nature Reserve status.
There are numerous rivers that pass through the coonty, includin the River Tame. The river basin is the maist urbanised basin in the Unitit Kinrick, wi approximately 42% of the basin being urbanised. The River Tame is fed bi the River Rea, River Anker, an the River Blythe, which in turn is fed bi the River Cole. The River Sowe an River Sherbourne baith flow through Coventry. The River Stour flows through the wast o the Wast Midlands coonty.
Touns an ceeties
- Birmingham *
- Brierley Hill
- Chelmsley Wood
- Coventry *
- Cradley Heath
- Rowley Regis
- Quarry Bank
- Sutton Coldfield
- Wast Bromwich
- Wolverhampton *
* = ceety
The Wast Midlands is hame tae numerous sports teams. In fitbaa, there are sax Fitbaa League teams in the coonty o which fower, Aston Villa, Birmingham Ceety, Wolverhampton Wanderers an Wast Bromwich Albion, play in the Premiership. Aston Villa, Wast Bromwich Albion, Birmingham Ceety, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry Ceety an Walsall are aften referred tae as the Wast Midlands "big sax".
The West Midlands is an aa hame tae Warwickshire Coonty Cricket Club, who are based at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, which an aa hosts Test matches an One Day Internationals. The Birmingham Panthers basketbaw team replaced the Birmingham Bullets an are currently based at a facility providit bi the University o Wolverhampton in Walsall. In rugby union, the Wast Midlands is hame tae Moseley Rugby Football Club, Birmingham & Solihull RFC, Dudley Kingswinford RFC, Stourbridge RFC, Walsall RFC an Coventry RFC.
- Photographs o Birmingham an the Wast Midlands
- Identity in the Wast Midlands
- Wast Midlands Joint Committee
- Wast Midlands (coonty) at the Open Directory Project