Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) are areas of land and water that best represent our natural heritage in terms of their:
flora – i.e. plants
fauna – i.e. animals
geology – i.e. rocks
geomorphology – i.e. landforms
a mixture of these natural features
This site consists of open water, woodland and wetland habitat that links to Mainsforth Stell and then the Skerne. The reserve is a haven for a number of bird species including willow warbler, blackcap, lesser white-throat, and yellowhammer.
In 2009, the nature reserve received a major award for its part in, Ferryhill Town Council’s application for the Northumbria in Bloom regional selection of Britain in Bloom Competition.
Volunteers have been active in managing the woodland in the nature reserve; we have recently carried out tree and scrub removal and 2 ha of rush removal from the water, reducing succession into willow woodland.
Further access improvement activities are planned for later this year.
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