Brockholes Nature Reserve
Brockholes at Preston New Road, Samlesbury in Preston, is a new kind of nature reserve, an unreserved reserve.
The Lancashire Wildlife Trust have created habitats for a variety of wildlife at the site of an old quarry. Visitors may stroll by the River Ribble, explore the woods or enjoy the lakes on the site.
The reserve contains one of the largest strips of ancient woodland in the Britain, a species-rich hay meadow, large wetland areas and the beautiful River Ribble running along the edge of the site. Brockholes is a great site for birds, in particular breeding waders. There are separate family and specialist hides and paths, the network of walks and trails (including shorter ones for children).
Viewing points have been built to allow visitors to get closer to wildlife without disturbing it. Waders such as Lapwing, Greenshank, Whimbrel, Curlew, Dunlin, Redshank, Black tailed godwit and Green sandpiper can all be seen at various times of the year. In summer, Reed and Sedge warblers, Reed bunting and skylark are all present, and in winter ducks such as Pochard, Pintail, Wigeon, Goldeneye and Teal can be seen. A range of dragonflies and damselflies have been recorded.
The spectacular award winning floating Visitor Village features a gift shop, local food store and a restaurant providing stunning views across the lake. The interactive Welcome Centre teaches all about the wildlife on the site, there is also an exciting play area for children.
The Nest, Brockholes gift shop is brimming with an inspiring collection of gifts, jewellery, books, toys, arts & crafts and other treasures to remind you of your day. The restaurant provides stunning views across the reserve and serves a selection of Lancashire's finest produce.
There is also a range of exciting events at Brockholes throughout the year including the school holiday club, a Food Festival, guided walks and talks and music and theatre. Brockholes is free to enter but there is a car park charge