Brockholes Nature Reserve :: Shared Description
Most of the site was originally farmland, on the floodplain of the River Ribble. It was bordered by woodland on the slopes to the north, and by the river to the east and south. The M6 motorway was opened in 1958.
Sand and gravel was quarried east of the M6 from 1996 to 2007, when the activity transferred to the west of the M6 (Lower Brockholes).
The site was bought by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust in 2007.
The gravel pits have been modified to improve the habitat for wildlife, and enable water levels to be controlled. The creation of wildflower meadows, reedbeds and woodland continues.
The reserve opened to the public at Easter 2011, after the floating visitor village had been completed.
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Created: Sun, 8 May 2011, Updated: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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