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AboutThe large pond exists on the site of the former Eastrington Brick Works and the tranquil rail trail was once the busy Hull to Barnsley line. After 100 years of carrying coal from the West Riding coalfields to the docks in Hull the line closed and the track has now returned to nature.
Wildfowl can be seen on the pond throughout the year with the rafts floating in the centre of the pond used by roosting ducks and geese. Watch out in the summer for common terns nesting on these artificial islands and the beautiful great crested grebes diving for fish around them. The pond is also home to a variety of pond life such as water beetles, pond skaters, caddis fly larvae and prehistoric dragon and damselflies. The pond provides an atmospheric setting to watch Daubenton's bats flying low over the surface of the water as they hunt after sunset, and listen for the distinctive plopping sound of water voles entering the water.
Grassy areas provide a refuge for small mammals and plant species such as common spotted orchids and bee orchids have been recorded on the reserve. The borrow pits, left over from the rail track construction, are now important wetland breeding areas for species such as reed bunting.
This site has a medium sized car park, and an access for all route around the main pond. A interpretation board will provide you with further information to help you enjoy your visit. Please note the site has no toilets but these are available nearby in Howden. Picnic benches are provided. A small mammals trail help you explore the site and is greatly enjoyed by young children. Fishing is permitted on the main pond and charges apply. Please contact the Countryside Warden for more information.
- Picnic site
- Children welcome
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Grounds for outdoor activities
- Dogs Accepted
- Accepts groups