Know before you go
There is an extensive boardwalk around much of the site, which can be very wet.
Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year round
About the reserve
This reserve was originally several cottages and a railway 'borrow pit' from which ballast was removed. The pit has flooded to create a deep pool, and the gardens reverted to natural grass. A variety of wildlife habitats exist here, including marsh, open water and hawthorn scrub.
The water attracts coot, moorhen and mallard, as well as sedge and reed warblers nesting in the reeds. Newts use the cottage rubble for winter hibernation. Other species you might see include grass snake, narrow buckler-fern, adder's-tongue fern and, at dusk in summer, noctule bats.