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Saltmarshe Delph Nature Reserve

Type:Nature Reserve

Saltmarshe Delph Nature Reserve

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About

Lying in an area of rich farmland, with the Hull to Doncaster railway line and roads forming boundaries, this reserve of approximately 5.5 hectares is in two parts: 4 hectares to the south-east of the railway line and 1.5 hectares to the north. About half is open water, the remainder a mixture of reedbeds and open pools. The open water has an average depth of 1.5 metres.

The reedbeds consist mainly of common reed, bulrush and lesser bulrush (or reed mace). The principal interest of the reserve is the water, rich in nutrients causing excessive plant growth, which gives rise to a large and varied micro-fauna. One hundred and twenty six species of bird have been recorded since 1974 including 10 species of duck, notably teal and pochard. Great crested and little grebes have also bred.

Other sightings have included bearded tit, bittern, marsh harrier, osprey, great reed warbler, garganey, water rail, green sandpiper and cormorant. Mammals found on the reserve include water vole and harvest mouse. The bittern could, with luck, be seen on passage in winter.

Reserve Management:
The primary aims of management are to keep the ponds and reedbeds in their present form and condition and to control the encroachment of willow.
The reserve was established in 1972 and is now owned by the Trust.

Walking trails: Permissive footpaths.
Access: Permissive footpaths. Please contact the Trust on 01904 659570 for disabled access information.
A Trans-Pennine footpath passes the site.
Dogs: No dogs permitted.
Facilities: Bird hides.
Parking on lane.
Public houses and shops in Howden and Laxton.

Guide Prices

Please contact for more information.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Smoking not allowed

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Map & Directions

Moorfields Lane, Skelton, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 7RX
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Tel01904 659570

Opening Times

* Opening times:Open at all times.
Best time to visit: May to September, November to February. NB: DURING THE BIRD BREEDING SEASON (MARCH TO APPROX. END OF JUNE) THERE IS NO ACCESS TO THE FOOTPATH AND HIDE AT SALTMARSHE DELPH NATURE RESERVE – THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

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