A New Nature Reserve In Town. πŸ¦†πŸ¦‹πŸŒ³

Recently Hugo and I have spent a lot of time
treading the boardwalks…..at the new Nature Reserve in town. Primrose Nature Reserve has opened at last! What was once an overgrown wasteland containing a mill lodge of stagnant water has been transformed, with walkways, a viewing platform and even a Monet style bridge spanning Mearley Brook. A fish pass has been installed close to the old Primrose Mill to allow salmon, trout and eels to travel upstream and gallons of silt has been removed from the lodge. I have taken a few photos which I hope will give a feel for the place. The reserve is suitable for wheel chairs, push chairs and prams and it doesn’t take very long to walk through.

Owl carving at the Woone Lane entrance.
Wildlife the reserve hopes to attract more of.
Green Winged Teal. There are several of these. Such pretty water birds.
Bird accomodation.
Moorhen.
Habitats have been created using fallen logs.
Butterbur frequent the brook side.
Monet style bridge.
Facing Woone Lane.
A bluetit furnishes its new home, number 5. πŸ™‚
Little Egret seen from the bridge.
Sluice gates were used to control the flow of water to the mill.
Old Industry.
Mallard and ten ducklings.
I was happy to see there are actually primroses at Primrose Nature Reserve. πŸ™‚
Flowering currant.
Dunnock.
Willow arch near the Whalley road entrance.
Reserve map at the Whalley road entrance.

To view the fish pass you have to walk up Woone Lane to the top of the nature reserve and you will be able to see it from the road next to Primrose Mill. At the moment the mill is being turned into apartments so whilst renovations are going on, here’s a photo from Instagram.

Alaskan Fish Pass, one of the largest in England.

I am looking forward to the changing seasons ,to see how the area becomes established. I think the reserve is a lovely little addition to Clitheroe. A wild space in an urban landscape. 😊

18 thoughts on “A New Nature Reserve In Town. πŸ¦†πŸ¦‹πŸŒ³”

  1. Nice to see previously neglected areas turned to nature reserves and that fish leap is amazing! Never seen anything like that and it is huge! Hope the fish know to go up it πŸ˜€

  2. I think it’s lovely when these kind of places are made up of old wasteland. It’s wonderful how quickly nature settles back in. I’d love to see the fish jumping upstream πŸ˜ƒ

  3. That fish pass is quite something! There is a new(ish) nature reserve near here and I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops as time goes on. X

  4. What a great place to visit. The wooden bridge is wonderful and what a brilliant feature the fish pass is! All positive news πŸ™

  5. What a super new nature reserve and so close to home too. It will be interesting to visit through the year to see how it changes and matures:)

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