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Support your local nature reserve

There is no entry fee at Brockholes but we do operate car parking charges. The income generated by car parking charges is really important to Brockholes Nature Reserve.

It costs £2,000 every day to run Brockholes and as we don’t receive government funding it is this income that enables us to keep Brockholes as a nice place to visit!

The car parking charges help us maintain our play area, toilets and other facilities, and to carry out the crucial conservation work on the reserve.

Brockholes is owned and managed by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. We do not receive any direct government funding and each time you visit you’re helping to support our vital conservation work on the reserve. Thank you for supporting your local wildlife.

What is the cost?

From 1 November – 31 March
£3 all day parking

From 1 April  – 31 October
£5 all day parking

Our payment machines accept both cash and card. Please note - the machines do not work with Apple or Google Pay.

Regular visitors can also purchase a 3 month, 6 month or 12 month Visitor Pass which provides fantastic value and allows you to visit as many times as you like for one set price. 

Click here for Visitor Pass information

These charges apply to all cars and minibuses (up to 17 seats) and blue badge holders, in all areas at all times. The car park uses ANPR technology (vehicle registration number recognition cameras) to record when you enter and leave the reserve.

There is a strict 10 minute grace period, for taxis and drop offs. After this 10 minutes, you will be charged the full amount. This is enforced by 3D Parking, not Brockholes,

How does it work?

Prices are per car, not per person. Our pay machines accept coins or card.

  1. The cameras will record your vehicle registration number on arrival. You will not be issued with a ticket. You do not need to do anything else until you are ready to leave.
  2. Before you leave, enter your full registration number at a pay machine in the car park
  3. Pay the amount shown on the screen
  4. Thank you! That’s it; you have just helped support your local wildlife!

What happens if I receive a Parking Charge Notice (PCN)?

The car park is managed by 3D Parking, a member of the IPC, an accredited trade association.

Appeals for a PCN with 3D Parking need to be done online. The web address is www.ticketappeals.co.uk.

Please do not contact Brockholes as it all need to be sorted through 3D Parking themselves.

Why do members not receive free parking?

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has spent a lot of time taking advice from VAT and tax consultants to try and find a way to offer our members something on the parking charges. However, any benefits to our members, that non-members do not receive, will make our membership subject to VAT.

This means we would lose 20% of our income from membership donations and would risk bankrupting the charity. We are not giving up and we will continue to look for solutions. In the meantime we hope our members will continue to support us to protect local wildlife.