Research: Potential Wildlife Sites

At this stage in my research, I decided to look for potential wildlife sites that I could visit. I decided to start by how and why we classify wildlife sites within the UK.

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/localwildlifesites

The wildlife trust’s website offered a very concise summary of what we mean by a local wildlife site and the significance of protecting and preserving such sites.

What are Local Wildlife Sites?

There are over 40,000 Local Wildlife Sites across England

Local Wildlife Sites (LWSs) are wildlife-rich sites selected for their local nature conservation value. They vary in shape and size and can contain important, distinctive and threatened habitats and species. In many parts of the UK, they are the principal wildlife resource but their designation is non-statutory and their only protection comes via the planning system. They are not protected by law like SSSIs or National Nature reserves. Whilst SSSIs are a representative sample that meet national criteria, LWSs include all sites that meet local selection criteria. Many are owned by private individuals.

How are Local Wildlife Sites selected?

Local partnerships oversee the selection of LWSs using robust, scientifically-determined criteria and a local knowledge and understanding of the area’s natural environment. LWS partnerships are made up of a great variety of stakeholders including local authorities, public bodies, nature conservation NGOs and landowners large and small.

Why are LWSs important?

LWS play a critical conservation role by providing wildlife refuges, protecting threatened species and habitats, and acting as links and corridors between nationall designated sites such as nature reserves and SSSIs.

The Making Space for Nature report (September 2010) stated that: ‘Local Wildlife Sites are important to future ecological networks, because they not only provide wildlife refuges in their own right but can act as stepping stones and corridors to link and protect nationally and internationally designated sites’. Where SSSIs are scarce in some parts of the country, the great majority of wildlife is found in LWSs. Nottinghamshire is a good example as only 1.5% of the land area is SSSI whilst LWSs cover 10%.

Many LWS have an urban or suburban location making them vital spaces for wildlife in towns and cities. Over 19% of LWSs are in, or within, 500m of urban areas compared with just 3.6% of SSSIs.

What is a Local Wildlife Site system?

A Local Wildlife Site system is the partnership-run approach for identifying, selecting, monitoring and protecting Local Wildlife Sites (LWS). Multiple bodies are involved in these systems, including local authorities, landowners, government agencies and local Wildlife Trusts. Systems are most commonly administered on a county or unitary authority scale.

Local Wildlife Sites and The Wildlife Trusts

For more than 35 years, The Wildlife Trusts have worked with local authorities, statutory agencies, landowners and other local partners to establish effective systems for identifying, managing and monitoring Local Wildlife Sites throughout England. Within these partnerships, The Wildlife Trusts often play a significant role in helping to secure the:
• sensitive management of these sites through the provision of landowner advice and support and
• protection of these sites by influencing the development and application of local and national planning policies

Terminology

Local Wildlife Site is the generic term promoted for these sites in England since 2006. Historically however, there have been more than 20 local variations to the terminology used to name these sites many of which are still in use including:

• Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC)
• Wildlife Sites (sometimes prefixed with County, Key or Special)
• Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI)
• Site of Local Nature Conservation Interest
• Biological Heritage Sites
• Sites of Biological Importance
• Biodiversity Alert Sites

Regardless of the term adopted locally, they are all wildlife-rich sites selected for their local nature conservation value using robust, scientifically developed criteria.

Local Wildlife Sites are different to Local Green Spaces

Local Wildlife Sites should be distinguished from the new Local Green Space designation which was introduced in the 2011 Localism Act. Local Green Spaces may be selected for wildlife value, but unlike Local Wildlife Sites selection could also be selected solely on their local community significance for beauty, historic importance, recreational value and tranquility. There are also limits to the location and scale of these spaces, which does not apply to Local Wildlife Sites.

I found this to quite informative and interesting, allowing me to acknowledge how local wildlife sites are unprotected and often be part of private land unlike SSSIs or National Nature reserves. I also had not previous been fully aware of the distinction between local green spaces and local wildlife sites. From my previous research, I recognised numerous aspects of the associated terminology. This allowed me to narrow my search criteria.

Sites of Biological Importance

http://www.wildaboutmanchester.info/www/index.php/sites-of-biological-importance

Sites of Biological Importance
 

Sites of Biological Importance (SBIs)

Sites of Biological Importance (SBIs) is the name given to the most important non-statutory sites for nature conservation in Manchester and provides a means of protecting sites that are of local interest and importance.

SBIs have no legal protection, but do receive some protection through different policies and they must be taken into consideration by the planning authority when planning applications affect the site. Sites are selected using a number of attributes that include; habitat type, diversity and rarity of the species present, and the sites naturalness. The Greater Manchester Ecology Unit currently classifies Sites of Biological Importance.

The table below lists the names and grades of the sites. To download a map of the location of the SBIs, please click on the pdf below.

 

Site Name Grade
Ashton Canal (West) A
Bridle Road Wood & Pond A
Chorlton Water Park A
Cotteril Clough A
Heaton Park Reservoir (East) A
Railway Sidings at Failsworth A
Road Cutting at Castle Hill A
Rochdale Canal (Stott’s Lane – Ducie Street Basin) A
Sunbank Wood A
Well & Double Woods A
Barlow Eye B
Blackcarr Wood & Baguley Bottoms B
Blackley Forest & Heaton Vale Reservoirs B
Boardman Brook B
Chorlton Ees B
Fletcher Moss B
Gib Lane Wood B
Hardy Farm B
Loonts Lake B
Nan Nook Wood B
Reservoirs at Harpurhey B
Bailey’s Wood C
Big Wood C
Boggart Hole Clough C
Bowker Vale Reservoirs C
Broadhurst Clough C
Brookdale Clough C
Brookdale Clough (West) C
Clayton Vale C
Lakeside Woodland, Heaton Park C
Ponds near Manchester Airport Runway C
Princess Spinney C
Rose Hill Wood C
Round Wood C
Wood near Chapel Lane C
Wrengate Wood C

Wildlife Sites

http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/wildlife/sitemap/index.php#nogo

Greater Manchester Wildlife Sites

Of these, 4 were described as wildlife sites.

 

http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/wildlife/sites/index.php?site=08

Doffcocker Lodge Local Nature Reserve, Bolton

Views across small lodge and reedbeds to Winter Hill and West Pennine Moors
Development of the Reserve
The reserve is based around two lodges which originally served a nearby bleachworks. Once a nationally important site for wintering wildfowl, it was saved from development by local residents which necessitated the need for repair works to the dam and temporary drainage of the lodges. Whilst not attaining its previous status, recovery has provided a Grade B Site of Biological Importance with reedbeds, marsh/fen, Willow scrub, young native woodland and wildflower meadows.
What can be seen
A range of birds still breed on the site including snipe, coot, moorhen, Canada geese, mallard, great crested grebe, mute swan in some years and common tern on the purpose built rafts. A range of other bird species can be seen in and around the reedbeds, scrub woodland and marsh/fen areas. Dragonflies are common around the watery habitats whilst butterflies dance across the meadow areas, marginal wetlands and woodland. Foraging bats are conspicuous at dusk on the warmer summer evenings and occasional roe deer visit the reserve.
When to visit
Spring – a variety of birds can be seen staking territories, mating and nesting. Calls of the grasshopper warbler, similar to the ticking noise of a bicycle wheel can be heard in the reedbed habitats – along with willow warbler, reed bunting and reed warbler.
Summer – our long range visitors the common terns from West or South Africa, fishing and nesting on the rafts. A good range of wildflowers and wetland plants also on display.
Winter – mainly wildfowl and ducks seeking to survive the winter months. Overwintering snipe can often be seen flying over the reedbeds.
All Year – The site changes appearance and character across the seasons with always something interesting to see. Some lovely views towards Winter Hill and the Pennine Moors can also be enjoyed.
The site is generally flat with a good circular path and numerous entrance links. Disabled access is possible from the car park and some southern entrances. A variation of habitats and scenery exist also making it interesting for younger visitors. A gentle walk around the main circular path is around ¾ of a mile and takes 15-20 minutes.
Open water at Doffcocker Lodge
How to get there
A small, free car park is accessed off Chorley Old Road (A6226) by the scout hut, opposite Delph Hill Methodist Church. It is found 2 miles from Bolton town centre on the left before the traffic lights. From further afield, turn off the A58 ring road at its junction with the A6226 towards Bolton town centre and it is on the right just after the traffic lights.
The 519 bus from Bolton provides public transport and the 125 and 126 buses from Bolton, Horwich, Chorley also pass the reserve, all bus passengers alighting at the Doffcocker Inn, a local landmark.

http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/wildlife/sites/index.php?site=77

Kirklees Valley LNR \ Kirklees Brook SBI

Walkers on Kirklees Trail
Walkers on Kirklees Trail
History and status

Kirklees Valley is a Site of Biological Importance (SBI) and the 5th Local Nature Reserve (LNR) to be declared in Bury on the 21st of October 2010.

The LNR is located between Brandlesholme Road (B6214/B6215) and the Tottington/Bury Road (B6213).

The site has a long association with the industrial past.  The remains of much of this industrial heritage continue to exert an influence on the appearance of the valley today.  Tottington Mill Printworks was founded in the north, near Tower Farm and produced calico printing.  The mill had a major influence on the growth of the village of Tottington, employing over 400 people in 1841.

Further down the valley, near the present location of Greenmount Bird Sanctuary, was the site of Kirklees Bleachworks.

Habitats

The habitats to be found are varied including woodland, grassland, heathland, ponds, lodges and streams.

The woodland is generally semi-natural with a mixed tree composition including Oak, Birch, Sycamore, Ash, Alder, Crack Willow, Wych Elm and Beech.  Its age structure is also varied with regeneration of all the main tree and shrub layer species. Willow and Alder dominate in the wet areas around the lodges and in the former industrial areas.

Of greater importance is the large number of ponds and lodges found within the site.  Some are natural but many are former mill lodges and settling tanks which have naturalised and are used by amphibians, feeding bats, and colonised by flora associated with wetland habitats.  This is the main reason for the designation of Kirklees Valley as a Site of Biological Importance.

A large area of heathland is present behind Tottington High School playing fields. Formerly a recreation ground, it has not been managed as such in recent history.  Heather (Calluna vulgaris) is present in a mosaic with unimproved acid grassland.

Island Lodge
Island lodge

Species

All the common woodland bird species are represented including Jay, Wren, Nuthatch and Blackbird.  Blackcap is a summer visitor, as is Whitethroat and Chiffchaff. Dipper and Kingfisher are also seen along Kirklees Book and some of the large lodges.

Amphibian species are well represented including Smooth, Palmate and Great Crested Newts.

Roe Deer occur frequently throughout the valley.

Six species of bat have been recorded regularly within the valley, demonstrating the importance of the area for these nocturnal flying mammals.

Moorhen
When to visit

Spring ….

Amphibians
Newts, frogs and toads can be found in many of the lodges and water bodies.

Summer ….

Bats
An important feeding site. An evening walk should reveal many bats as they hunt for winged insects over the water and along the woodland paths.

Autumn ….

Fungi
A wide variety of fungi can be found over the site, a result of a varied mix of habitats.

Winter ….

Look out for Roe Deer tracks as they forage during the winter months.

Terrain

From the start of Kirklees Trail at Brandlesholme Road, next to the Bull’s Head Pub, access is good and the trail surface is flat with an all weather covering.  Away from the Trail and into valley the paths are variable, some are cobbled, uneven and often muddy when wet.  There are a number of paths that skirt around the lodges and caution is needed when negotiating these.

Walking time\distance

The time required to walk the site can vary depending on the route and the purpose of the visit.  A walk along the disused railway line, (formerly the Bury to Holcombe Brook branch railway line) known as the Kirklees Trail can take little more than 40 minutes.

A circular route which takes in more of the site from Kirklees Street along the viaduct overlooking Island Lodge towards Tower Farm and down the valley, returning via the trail at Sunnywood Lane will take more than an hour.

Kingfisher

How to get there

Public Transport – Bus
Access to the Kirklees Trail can be made from the bus terminus of the 469 via a short walk along Kirklees Street.  On weekdays the bus runs to Tottington every 30minutes from Rochdale and every 10 minutes from Bury.

By Bicycle
Route 6 of the National Cycle Network follows the Kirklees Trail and is signed from north and south.

http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/wildlife/sites/index.php?site=45

Stalybridge Country Park

Stalybridge Country Park
History and status

Stalybridge Country Park is located within two valleys, about a mile apart, on the moorland fringe above Stalybridge.  It is owned by Tameside Council and was created in the early 1990’s to transform some areas of industrial dereliction and as a reaction to a proposal to extend a tipping operation that was on part of the Brushes Valley section.  The result is a green oasis providing gateways to the moor above.
Habitats

The site has a wide range of habitats, some semi-natural and others created or developing on what was derelict land, including several UK Priority Biodiversity Habitats.

There is wet woodland, small areas of upland oak woodland, heather moor, marsh, ponds and a reservoir, acid grassland and semi-improved neutral grassland, as well as plantations, scrub, hedges, tall herb, a small reedbed, and amenity grassland.

Management aims to maintain some of this diversity, but with so much heath up on the moors, the area of the rarer, upland oak woodland is being allowed to expand.  The other main management issue is controlling invasive alien weeds such as Himalayan balsam, Japanese knotweed, Rhododendron, and Spanish bluebell.
Species

Whilst there are few rare species on the site, it lies at the junction between the lowlands and uplands, so a mix of species associated with both zones occurs, giving added diversity.

Stalybridge Country Park
When to visit

Spring ….

Amphibians
Frog, common toad, and palmate newt.

Birds
Willow warbler, grasshopper warbler, chiffchaff, cuckoo and buzzard.

Butterflies
Orange tip.

Plants
Bluebell, opposite leaded golden saxifrage, marsh marigold.

Summer ….

Birds
Blackcap, whitethroat, kestrel, and sparrowhawk.

Butterflies
Green hairstreak, small copper, small skipper, speckled wood and small heath.

Damselflies / Dragonflies
Azure damselfly, brown hawker, common darter.

Plants
Marsh and spotted orchids, tormentil, meadow cranesbill, heather, bilberry, and cowberry.

Autumn ….

Fungi
Several species of waxcaps, blushing bracket, turkey tail, and jelly ear.

Winter ….

Birds
Kingfisher and goosander.

How to get there

Public Transport  (bus)

  • For Brushes Valley: the 217, 218, S48, 348, 343, and 344.  Alight at Huddersfield Road, Millbrook which is just a short walk to the site.
  • For Carrbrook Valley: the S48,348 and 343 to Carrbrook Village or the 217 and 218 to the stop on Huddersfield Road, near Buckton Vale Road (see by car for directions from here).

http://www.gmwildlife.org.uk/wildlife/sites/index.php?site=24

Watergrove Reservoir SBI

Watergrove Reservoir SBI
History and status

Watergrove Reservoir is situated high up on the edge of the moors above Rochdale and has spectacular views across Manchester to the Cheshire plain.  Owned by United Utilities, the reservoir was constructed between 1930 and 1938 to provide drinking water for the people of Rochdale and is the largest in the district.  Designated as a grade A Site of Biological Importance (SBI) in 2000, the site extends beyond the SBI boundary up onto a dramatic horse-shoe shaped moorland ridge which encloses the valley.
Habitats

An upland reservoir, surrounded by largely unimproved acid grassland, which is a Greater Manchester Biodiversity Habitat.  There are numerous small areas of marsh and flush across the site associated with ponds and streams, including a small nature reserve.

The landscape was transformed by the planting of over 100,000 native deciduous trees around the reservoir in the late 1980’s / early 1990’s, providing a new habitat for many species which did not previously occur in the area.
Species

The reservoir and surrounding moorland is important for birds especially its breeding waders which include Common Sandpiper and Curlew whose evocative calls can be heard in spring.  The grassland and wetland areas are home to Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and Reed Bunting.  In spring the plantations come alive with the song of Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Whitethroat.  Lesser Redpoll can be seen and heard in display flight over the trees.

Large numbers of frogs head to the ponds in March to spawn.  In summer the same waters are the haunt of seven species of damselfly and dragonfly.

Many species of butterfly are seen on the wing in summer including the now scarce Wall Brown, as well as more common species such as Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral.

Mammals include Fox, Stoat and Weasel, although you will have to make an early start to stand much chance of seeing these elusive creatures.

The reservoir supports a colony of the European Protected species Floating Water Plantain.  The wetland areas are brightened by the flowering of Marsh Marigold, Purple Loosestrife and Yellow Flag Iris.  To the north of the reservoir along Higher Slack Brook hard fern, male fern and lemon-scented fern occur.

Whatever your interest there is a fantastic variety of species to see here from bird to butterflies, fungi to lichens, and mammals to mosses.

Watergrove Reservoir SBI
When to visit

Spring ….

Common frog

Birds
Great Crested Grebe, Common Sandpiper, Curlew, Lapwing, Oystercatcher, Skylark, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, passage waders.

Plants
Bluebell, Coltsfoot, Marsh Marigold, Yellow Iris and Purple Loosestrife.

Summer ….

Butterflies
Comma, Meadow Brown, Green Veined White, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, and Wall Brown.

Damselflies
Azure, Blue-tailed, Common Blue, Emerald, and Large Red

Dragonflies
Emperor; Broad-bodied and 4 spotted Chaser; Brown and Common Hawker; Black, Common and Ruddy Darter.

Plants
Marsh Orchid, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Tormentil, Harebell and Sneezewort. Hard, Male and lemon-scented Fern.

Autumn ….

Birds
Migrant waders including Green Sandpiper as well as Fieldfare and Redwing.

Fungi
Many species including Blusher, Coconut Milkcap, Earthy Powdercap, False Chanterelle, Fly Agaric, Peppery Bolete, Shaggy Inkcap, and a variety of Waxcaps including Pink Waxcap.

Winter ….

Birds
Goosander, Goldeneye, Teal on the reservoir.  Occasional flocks of Whooper Swans stop off.  Flocks of Lesser Redpoll and Siskin can be seen in the plantations.

Watergrove Reservoir SBI

How to get there

Public Transport
The nearest train station is Smithy Bridge.  Bus service 456 (Bu-Val Tel. 01706 372787) runs to the top of Wardle Village. You can then walk (1/4 mile) to the reservoir.  Alternatively train to Rochdale then bus service 458 (Bu-Val Tel. 01706 372787) from the bus station in Rochdale town centre.
Website: Visit the website (opens into new browser window) www.gmpte.com

By car
Leave the M62 at junction 20 (Rochdale).  Follow signs for A58 (signposted Halifax / Littleborough).  Turn left at mini-roundabout off A58 (signposted Watergrove / Wardle Village) into Wardle Road.  Follow the road for 1.5 miles to the village square and continue straight ahead to reach the car park.

Local Nature Research

http://www.lnr.naturalengland.org.uk/Special/lnr/lnr_results.asp?N=&C=24&Submit=Search

In order to find results for this, I needed to broaden my search to Lancashire.

Local Nature Reserves
Search Results for Lancashire
31 LNR(s) found
Click on the links below to view details of each LNR.
Alkincoats Woodland
Cross Hill Quarry
Deer Pond
Fishwick Bottoms
Foxhill Bank
Grange Valley
Greenfield
Haslam Park
Hic Bibi, Coppull Nature Reserve
Hills and Hollows
Hollins Vale
Kirklees Valley
Lomeshaye Marsh
Longton Brickcroft
Lowerhouse Lodges
Lytham St Annes
Marton Mere
Mere Clough
Pleasington Old Hall Woods
Pope Lane and Boilton Wood
Preston Junction
River Darwen Parkway
Salthill Quarry
Sunnyhurst Woods
The Arran Trail
Trowbarrow Quarry
Upper Ball Grove Lodge
Warton Crag
Warton Crag Quarry
Withnell Fold
Withnell Nature Reserve

 

http://www.lnr.naturalengland.org.uk/Special/lnr/lnr_details.asp?C=24&N=&ID=120

Of these I have highlighted a few examples to demonstrate the general format and depth of information each one offers. Including area, ownership, attributes and contact information.

Some of which are based around the area I grew up.

Cross Hill Quarry
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Lancashire
Natural England
Regional Team:
North West
Year of Declaration: 1989
Declaring Authority: Ribble Valley Borough Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SD 745 434
Location: Cliteroe, BB7
Owned by: Ribble Valley Borough Council
Managed by: Lancashire Wildlife Trust
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Approach from the Waddington Road (through Brungerley Park) or from West Bradford Road (opposite the chimney of the Castle Cement Works). Cars can be parked on the West Bradford Road
Visitor facilities: Public footpaths pass through the Local Nature Reserve from the Waddington and West Bradford Roads and the Ribble Way also passes through the reserve. You may visit without a permit at any time but please beware of rocks falling from the steep faces in the main quarry. Any climbing is strictly forbidden without written permission from the Trust. Cycling/mountain biking is not permitted.
What to see: Cross Hill is a good example of natural change on a man-made site and has since become an exceptional refuge for wildlife. Once quarrying ceased, the thin soils and exposed rock became revegetated through stages of succession from flower-rich grasslands, to hawthorn scrub and finally woodland. Examples of each stage can still be seen.
Volunteer and ‘Friends of’ groups: Volunteer through the Lancashire Wildlife Trust .

Reserve Managaer Phil Dykes Tel: 01282 704605
Email; pdykes@lancswt.org.uk

Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Ribble Valley Borough Council main switchboard
Tel: 01200 425111
Website address and other links: www.lancswt.org.uk/places-to-see/cross-hill-quary

www.ribblevalley.gov.uk

http://www.lnr.naturalengland.org.uk/Special/lnr/lnr_details.asp?C=24&N=&ID=1284

Haslam Park
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Lancashire
Natural England
Regional Team:
North West
Year of Declaration: 2006
Declaring Authority: Preston City Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SD 515 312
Location: Bristow Avenue, Ashton, Preston, PR2 1JE
Owned by: Preston City Council
Managed by: Preston City Council and Community Groups
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: The main entrance is adjacent to Blackpool Road. There are also entrances on Cottam Lane and from the Lancaster canal.
Visitor facilities: Car Park and toilets. Play area and tennis courts.
What to see: Haslam Park is a particularly good example of a fine Victorian influenced town park with many of the original features still in place. Along the Canal thre is a variety of wildlife.
Volunteer and ‘Friends of’ groups: Friends of Haslam Park
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Park Ranger on 01772 725203.
Website address and other links: www.preston.gov.uk/yourservices/culture-parks-and-events/parks-and-nature-reserves/haslam-park/

or try

www.preston.gov.uk and search for Local Nature Reserves.

Last Updated: 25/02/2013

http://www.lnr.naturalengland.org.uk/Special/lnr/lnr_details.asp?C=24&N=&ID=281

Lytham St Annes
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Lancashire
Natural England
Regional Team:
North West
Year of Declaration: 1968
Declaring Authority: Fylde Borough Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SD 310 306
Location: Clifton Drive North, Lytham St Annes, FY8 2
Owned by: Fylde Borough Council
Web site: Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Fylde Borough Council
SSSI Type: Biological
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Situated off the main A584 Cliffton Drive, Lytham st Annes
Visitor facilities: Parking at North Beach Car Park or opposite the old Pontins development. A network of paths criss-cross the site taking in all areas from bio-diverse wet dune slacks to the open grassland of rolling dunes.
What to see: The sand dunes of the Fylde coast may only be a fragment of a once extensive dune system but they still provide a habitat for a wealth of wildlife. Over 280 different plant species have been recorded on the dunes from the mobile dunes on the coast to the fixed dunes of the Local Nature Reserve.  This includes internationally rare plants such as the Isle of Man cabbage and the Dune Helleborine which only grow in Great Britain.
Volunteer and ‘Friends of’ groups: Volunteer with the wildlife trust www.lancswt.org.uk/Our-Work/specialist-projects/fylde-sand-dunes
Contacts for further information and how to get involved: Dunes Officer, Lynn Ashtonl, on 07595 233424  Email;lashton@lancswt.org.uk

Fylde Borough Council General Enquiries
e-mail: listening@fylde.gov.uk
Tel: 01253 658 658

Website address and other links: www.ribblecoastandwetlands.com/att_lytham_NNR

www.fylde.gov.uk

Last Updated: 25/02/2013

http://www.lnr.naturalengland.org.uk/Special/lnr/lnr_details.asp?C=24&N=&ID=1203

Sunnyhurst Woods
LNR Type: Urban Fringe
County: Lancashire
Natural England
Regional Team:
North West
Year of Declaration: 2005
Declaring Authority: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Area (Ha): Click here to open the site map (new window). Once displayed, click on the site to see area and other details.
Grid Reference: SD 677 226
Location: Earnsdale Road, Darwen, Lancashire, BB3 0LA
Owned by: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Managed by: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council – Culture, Leisure and Sport Department
Link to site map: Click here to open the site map from the MAGIC web site.
How to get there: Various pedestrian access points into the wood. Main entrance is from Earnsdale Road off the A666 in Darwen.
Visitor facilities: Leaflet available. All ability access through most of the site. Various walks and trails. Visitor Centre, kiosk serving meals and refreshments, toilets and limited parking for the disabled. Main parking is on Earnsdale Road or at a small car park at the south west end of the wood, off Tockholes Road. Regular events held throughout the year. Green Flag Award 2009.
What to see: This site is a Biological Heritage Site (BHS 62NE07) selected for its woodland and scrub habitats, breeding birds, flowering plants and ferns.

Birds include kingfisher and heron. About 702 species of plants, birds, invertebrates and mammals have been recorded on site.

Volunteer and ‘Friends of’ groups: There is an active Friends of Sunnyhurst Wood Group. Sunnyhurst Woods Visitor Centre:
Tel; 01254 701545
e-mail: countryside@blackburn.gov.uk
Contacts for further information and how to get involved:

Blackburn and Darwen Borough Council: Main switchboard:
Tel: 01254 585585

Website address and other links: www.blackburn.gov.uk/Pages/Sunnyhurst-Wood.aspx

or try

www.blackburn.gov.uk and search for Sunnyhurst Woods Nature Reserve.

Last Updated: 25/02/2013

From this, I have been able to identify various sites around the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area that may serve as a potential home to wildlife and life forms.

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