U is for...Underwater

Amongst the various lakes and wetlands situated at Brockholes Nature Reserve, lies a multitude of fascinating creatures.

Whether that be fish or other small amphibians, there is a whole world that lies beneath the water waiting to be discovered. 

Brockholes Drone

David Gaskell

Brockholes nature reserve is made up of a number of lakes and pools which provide habitat to a myriad of creatures and plant life. With meadow lake being our largest body of water on site, it is home to some amazing aquatic existence.

From three-spined stickleback to perch, meadow lake is awash with an abundance of aquatic and fish themed characters. However, the presence of a plethora of aquatic creatures does not only benefit life within the pond, it also helps to attract a multitude of other creatures on to the reserve, such as the resplendent kingfisher. The kingfisher, with its eye-catching electric blue complexion, can regularly be seen gliding across meadow lake on the lookout for fish.  

Meadow Lake

Alice Singleton

It is not just the fish present at Brockholes which support a plenitude of other wildlife. The extensive plant life which lies within the lakes and wetlands of the reserve, also help to sustain wildlife’s existence. One particularly pertinent example of this is the common reed, which supports a plethora of wildlife, such as the rare bittern and bearded tit which both depend on reeds for their very existence. Alongside providing a transitional habitat, the common reed despite its rather lacklustre name, also performs an integral role in keeping the water of the lakes and pools clean, by filtering the water.  

Finally, if you do so happen to visit Brockholes Nature Reserve, you must have a wander down to the banks of the River Ribble on your visit. The River Ribble meanders alongside Brockholes, and is awash with wildlife of all varieties. The river is home to a wide variety of fish, from chub and barbell to trout. This abundance of fish once more attracts an array of birds and other wildlife, which wonderfully spills into the Brockholes Nature Reserve.