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Wood Lane Nature Reserve

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    Near Ellesmere

    Closest post code to the reserve
    Located at OS Grid Reference SJ42401 32971 (GPS Position)
    SY12 0HY

  • 01743 284280
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Wood Lane Nature Reserve, in Ellesmere, is an 81 hectare site which combines North Shropshire's largest sand and gravel quarry with active nature conservation.

Wood Lane is geographically well placed at the hub of four meres: Blakemere, Newton Mere, Colemere and White Mere. Opportunities for colonization by local species enhance the biodiversity of Wood Lane.

Wood Lane is near to designated sites of special scientific interest and proposed RAMSAR sites. The Ellesmere area has many expanses of water in the locality but is not generally suitable for wading birds.

Worked out parts of the quarry site give the ideal opportunity to provide lagoons and wetlands suitable for wading birds. The site has been developed over five years and further expansion is currently under consideration.

In this relatively short space of time many species have been attracted to Wood Lane.  Aquatic and waterside plants have been introduced and, as the site is relatively new, there is a unique opportunity to study the invading flora, including varieties of orchids.

So far six hectares have been restored to provide the wetland habitats and these have become a favourite breeding place for lapwings and little ring plovers.

To get the codes for the bird hides on the site, please call Shropshire Wildlife HQ on 01743 284280

Who to Contact
Reserve manager
01743 284280
Wood Lane Nature Reserve
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Age Range
5-10 years
0-4 years
17-19 years
20 years and over
All Ages,
11-16 years

Please dress warmly and bring a packed lunch and drink.

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