Wildlife

The reserve is blessed with a wide range of bird life with one local ‘Twitcher’ recording over 50 separate species in 2017

Walking through the woodland, it is possible to see or hear a greater spotted woodpecker, tree creeper, goldcrest, wren, black bird, song and mistle thrushes, robin, long tailed tit, chaffinch, blue tit, great tit, coal tit, tawny owl, sparrow hawk, buzzard, nuthatch and ring necked parakeet!

A Cormorant drying its wings (3 present in spring 2019)

If you meander around the lodges – goosander, mute swan, moorhen, coot, grey heron, cormorant, mallard, tufted duck, Canada goose, great crested grebe, grey wagtail, dipper swallows and kingfisher.

Swan with young and coots looking for food

Moths/butterflies include – orange tip, common white, common skipper, spotted wood, brimstone, meadow brown, ringlet, peacock, red admiral, cinnabar moth, 5 spot burnet moth frequent around the old tip grassland.

Fishing at the Lodges is managed by a local company Abosolute Angling and the three fishing lodges are well stocked with carp and bream