• Orange tip butterflies mating on a leaf at Brockholes nature reserve

    April 2018 Photography Competition Results!

    14 May 2018

    It’s that time again… the results are in for the Brockholes April photography competition! With a delayed spring our theme of NEW LIFE was always going to prove challenging, but with butterflies emerging, flowers blooming and chicks just beginning to hatch, the competition still managed to inspire some fantastic pictures. This month’s judge had plenty […]

  • Volunteers planting new reeds at the Brockholes polytunnel

    Volunteers come together for the Polytunnel Work Party Day

    10 May 2018

    We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. Come rain or shine and no matter what the task, they muck in to help us keep Brockholes a special place for nature. One of the biggest tasks this season has been sprucing up our polytunnel so we can grow plants and vegetables for our shop […]

  • A flock of whimbrel enjoying the lake at Brockholes

    Watch out for whimbrel

    03 May 2018

    Volunteer Ranger Helen Earnshaw has noticed that a special bird has begun arriving at Brockholes for its annual summer holiday. There is always something to watch out for at Brockholes Nature Reserve and this month the whimbrel have returned to the site. The whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) is a wader in the Scolopacidae family, and while […]

  • The Brockholes team adding fencing during coppicing

    The art of the coppice

    30 Apr 2018

    Our Volunteer Ranger, Helen Earnshaw, has been hard at work nurturing the woodland area of the reserve. Today she tells us how, and introduces the art of the coppice. Coppicing is one of the oldest and most traditional methods of woodland management and is a practice that is in full swing as a way of […]

  • Bluebells growing in Boilton Wood on a sunny day at Brockholes nature reserve

    Bluebells in bloom in Boilton Wood

    26 Apr 2018

    Spring hasn’t truly sprung until you see the first bee, hear the first chiffchaff or spot bluebells blooming in Lancashire’s woodlands. Here at Brockholes, spectacular blue carpets spring up in Boilton Wood and practically glow between the trees! It’s one of our favourite sights, and now is the perfect time to head over to the […]

  • March 2018 Photography Competition Results!

    12 Apr 2018

    The results are in for the Brockholes March photography competition, and the EARLY SIGNS OF SPRING theme has inspired some really lovely wildlife photography. Our judges had a tough decision on their hands, picking just three top images from a selection of 36 entries (see gallery below). They said: “We were really impressed with this […]

  • Keep your eyes peeled for Ospreys

    03 Apr 2018

    More updates from our Conservation Intern, Helen Earnshaw – this month she shares her excitement for the potential of the Osprey’s return… At Brockholes Nature Reserve this is the time of year that we well and truly turn our eyes to the sky… will we see the Osprey pass over? Will one decide to make […]

  • Sand Martin Brockholes Nature Reserev

    The Return of the Sand Martin

    19 Mar 2018

    Helen Earnshaw is one of our Conservation Interns on the reserve, she tells us about an exciting new arrival… A sure sign that spring is just around the corner is when you spot your first Sand Martin… and they have started to return to Brockholes Nature Reserve this week. The Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) is […]