Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Brockholes Wetland Nature Reserve

This is a little late – I knew a couple of weeks ago – but good news is good at any time.

Following its appeal in order to purchase Brockholes Quarry, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside has declared the appeal a success; as the required £50,000 was raised, within the deadline, enabling the Trust to go ahead and purchase what will now be called the Brockholes Wetland Nature Reserve.

Brockholes is a 106-hectare site made up of former gravel workings located to the north-east of junction 31 of the M6. The site will be the hub of a network of wetland sites linking a mosaic of wildlife havens in the Ribble Valley. In all the Trust will be managing 190 hectares.

The site is already home to a fantastic variety of birdlife including Lapwing, Sand Martin and Kingfisher, together with more vulnerable species such as Whimbrel, Skylark and Reed Bunting. In the future it should become one of the major birding hot-spots in the north-west and, given its closeness to the motorway network, is likely to attract many human as well as avian visitors.

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