There have been hundreds of different species of wildlife that have come to Brockholes since this work began.
There is plenty to keep you entertained whether you are a wildlife novice or a birding expert, with highlights including several otters spotted, five species of heron recorded, our annual starling murmuration over Meadow Lake and the many breeding waders on No 1 Pit Island. In recent months we have had exciting new sightings; including Lancashire’s first ever record of a Pallid Harrier and repeated recordings of an osprey.
The wide (and ever expanding) variety of wildlife that calls Brockholes home evolves throughout the various seasons, so here is a quick guide of what to expect on the reserve and when…
Spring brings a baby boom to Brockholes as eggs hatch and chicks take over the islands and the reeds come alive with the sound of reed warblers. Meanwhile the Boilton Wood section of the reserve plays host to one of the annual highlights, the stunning carpet of bluebells, while those quiet and fortunate enough may catch a glimpse of Roe Deer through the trees.
The reserve comes alive with colour during the summer months. The many wildflowers attract many different types of dragonfly and butterflies, such as the Gatekeeper and Common Blue. On a stroll along the banks of the River Ribble Kingfishers can often be seen, while if you are lucky you might catch sight of brown hares!
The Boilton Wood area of the reserve is a great place at this time of year to spot many different types of fungi that are nestling at the foot of our trees. Meanwhile the autumn migration begins, which means that birds such as Knot and Dunlin stay at the reserve en route to their winter destination. This is also the perfect time of year to keep an eye out for the animal tracks, such as otters.
The annual Starling murmuration over Meadow Lake has become a ‘must-see’ highlight of early winter here at Brockholes. Elsewhere the likes of Redwing and Goldfinch are often seen in flocks arriving from cooler climes to over-winter in the relative warmth. Other ‘winter regulars’ include great crested grebes and water rail, while our hawthorn berries look delightful along the Guild Wheel path.