What is a starling murmuration and why do they form?
16 Nov 2018
Winter brings with it one of nature’s true spectacles: starling murmurations. But what is a starling murmuration, and why do these hypnotic gatherings form? What is a starling murmuration? Murmurations are huge groups of starlings that twist, turn, swoop and swirl across the sky in beautiful shape-shifting clouds. Just before dusk, small groups of starlings […]more
October 2018 – Photography Competition Results!
07 Nov 2018
October seemed to be a loooong month, don’t you think? We’ve had all manner of weather, and thanks to these entries, seen all manner of fungi on the reserve! Our judge had an incredibly difficult decision to make, with 52 stunning photographs to choose from from the subject Woodland Fungi. Coming in at first place was… PIXIE’S PLACE (above) […]more
October Oddities and Perfect Pumpkins
06 Nov 2018
The leaves have turned orange and the ground started to freeze, and at Brockholes, we had a fabulous fortnight full of spooktacular fun! More than one thousand of you took part in the Halloween Xplorer Challenge – a great way to test your orienteering skills, and explore the reserve, while enjoying quality time with friends […]more
What’s been going on in conservation?
29 Oct 2018
Keeping our visitors and supporters up-to-date on the wildlife and conservation happenings at Brockholes is a highly important task. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has thousands of members, whose membership and donations help towards maintaining all our nature reserves and conservation projects. It’s important for members and supporters to know exactly where their money is going, […]more
Nature’s Spooky Stars of Halloween
19 Oct 2018
The UK is full of weird and wonderful wildlife: grasshoppers with ears in their bum and snakes that give birth to live babies. But some animals go one step further… some of them are downright spooky! Common pipistrelle bat This tiny bat might not weigh more than a 2p coin, but look at those nightmarish […]more
September 2018 – Photography Competition Results!
11 Oct 2018
The results for the Brockholes September photography competition are in! We have seen a massive number of entries this month under the theme of RESERVE VIEWS and the images we received were some of the best we have ever seen. Our judge had an incredibly difficult decision to make, with 52 stunning photographs to choose from. After much deliberation. coming in […]more
Who’s ready for a conservation update?
08 Oct 2018
Our conservation team and volunteers have been very busy this year, and as nature starts winding down for winter, it’s time for us to take things up yet another notch. This spring was a good year for breeding waders. Lapwing, oystercatcher and redshank all raised successful broods, and we had common sandpiper, ringed plover and […]more
August 2018 – Photography Competition Results
06 Sep 2018
The results for the Brockholes August photography competition are in! We have seen a HUGE number of entries this month under the theme of DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES. Our judge had a difficult decision to make, with 54 fabulous photographs to choose from. Coming in at first place was… MIGRANT HAWKER(above) taken by KEN HAYES! Our judge explained why she chose this photo […]more