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AboutLying 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.
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.
Please contact for more information.
- Disabled access
- Children welcome
- Free Parking
- Smoking not allowed