SD5830 : Number One Pit, Brockholes Nature Reserve

taken 7 years ago, near to Samlesbury, Lancashire, Great Britain

Number One Pit, Brockholes Nature Reserve
Number One Pit, Brockholes Nature Reserve
The original gravel pit here used to look very different; the edges were uniform and steep, and the island was an egg-shaped piece of land sticking out of the water by three metres. These land profiles weren’t good for the bird species and aquatic invertebrates that the Trust wanted to attract. To create the lake as it is now, earth into the lake using bulldozers and diggers to create shallow, underwater ledges and peninsulas where birds can roost and feed, safe from predators. Diving ducks, such as Great Crested Grebe, now hunt for fish in the deep water.
The Brockholes Nature Reserve

Brockholes is a nature reserve near Preston, just off Junction 31 of the M6 motorway. It is owned by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside.

Situated in the flood-plain of the river Ribble, Brockholes contains one of the largest strips of ancient woodland in the UK, a species-rich hay meadow, large wetland areas and the beautiful River Ribble running along the edge of the site. Which was previously a major quarry extraction site. Sand and gravel were quarried here from 1996 until 2007 when the land was bought by the Trust. Since then, it has been regenerated as a mosaic of key habitats such as pools, reedbeds and woodland; the reserve opened to the public at Easter 2011.

The reserve is aimed less at dedicated bird-watchers and nature lovers than the general public of the big cities.

LinkExternal link documents the development of the land from a huge quarrying site to the nature reserve.

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Date Taken
Monday, 13 April, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 18 April, 2015
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Quarrying, Mining  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 582 307 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:46.2684N 2:38.0587W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 581 305
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Disused Quarry  Wildlife Reserve  Wildlife Trust  Nature Reserve  Lancashire Wildlife Trust  Lake  Pond 

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